The life of Saint Rita of Cassia, whom we remember today, is a wonderful story of faithfulness, redemption, reconciliation, and, especially, prayer. Born about 650 years ago in Italy to a wealthy family, she wanted to become a nun from her childhood, but instead she was given in marriage at a young age to a rich but immoral man. And that was just the beginning!
The amazing story of Saint Rita of Cassia shows us the power of faithful love, example and prayer. It is the simple Christian path, the pattern.
In today’s Gospel, the Lord tells the disciples they will weep, but their sadness will turn to joy. He is speaking to them at the Last Supper and his words refer to their experience during the passion and then the resurrection of Jesus. Yet also the journey of the Church and of each Christian. Life will be difficult and efforts to try to escape from all pain sooner or later backfire.
In Rita’s story, hear and recognize that at its core is her constant calling out to God and her search for true love and God’s Mercy.
Pope Francis recently said,
“Prayer is the breath of faith; it is its most proper expression. Like a cry that issues from the heart of those who believe and entrust themselves to God.”
He seeks us and we seek him. We seek transformation in Christ: our lives and a world made new.
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About Father Jim Phalan, C.S.C.
Father James Phalan, C.S.C., is a Catholic priest, member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the National Director of Family Rosary. He served as a missionary for many years travelling the globe to help people come to Jesus through Mary as part of the Family Rosary team. Now he is happy to be serving back at home in the USA!