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Saint of the impossible

22 Aug 2016, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Augustinians
St. Rita of Cascia

St. Rita of Cascia

St. Rita of Cascia, the saint of the impossible cases, is widely honored in the Catholic Church, particularly among the Augustinians; she is my favorite. She is popularly called Mama Rita in Nigeria.

There are so many things to be said about this Italian widow, a great daughter of the Catholic Church and an Augustinian nun who was born in the year 1381, died on the 22 May 1447, and was canonized a saint by Pope Leo XIII on May 24, 1900. I’m sorry I will not go into details about her life in this article but to say something about one reason she is called the saint of the impossible.

Anyone who claims to know about St. Rita must know that the rose flower is associated with her. In many parts of the world, roses are blessed and distributed on her feast day. The rose flower reminds us of St. Rita’s faith in God and God’s love for her; it reminds us, indeed, that St. Rita is the saint of the impossible.

The beautiful story behind the rose flower is soul touching and faith lifting; it all happened at the last moment of St. Rita’s life on earth. On her sickbed, she made a simple request but impossible to grant. She requested that a rose flower be brought to her from her parent’s garden; it was a very simple request but impossible to grant because the weather and the season would not let fresh roses grow, but she requested for it with faith in God anyway, and she was not disappointed. On getting to the dry garden, a fresh, beautiful rose was miraculously found, and it was taken to her. An impossible case became possible by her faith in God.

We call on St. Rita to pray with us and for us to the Father through Jesus Christ the Lord, that every impossible case in our lives is made possible.  With God, all things are possible, he made it possible in the life of St. Rita, and through her intercession, every impossible case in our lives will be made possible in Christ Jesus.

Honouring St. Rita and all the saints are glorifying God in whom we find mercy and love. We do not worship the saints but call on them as brothers and sisters in faith to help us in prayer to follow the part of love, repentance, and holiness. We call on St. Rita, in particular, to intercede for us before the mercy seat of Jesus in moments of difficulties.

Mama Rita! Pray for us.

  • stella ekeocha Reply

    nice one father Joel