Thursday, May 22, 2003

Today is the Feast of the St. Rita of Cascia

The National Catholic Register has a story that piqued my interest because I knew the story of St. Rita and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what the twist to their headline, "Raising Kids St. Rita’s Way" was going to be. Go to their site to read the article but for those of you who want to know the "rest of the story", I've included the last few paragraphs that reveal the fate of St. Rita's children--none of whom to my knowledge have been canonized (so there is a little bit of fudging going on here).

From the National Catholic Register

After St. Rita lost her family, of course, she entered the convent. After 40 years of praying there, “she received one rose that bloomed in the winter, that came to life out of time, out of the same cold ground that contained the bodies of her husband and children,” says Father DiGregorio. “She read it as a sign that God had brought out of the tragedy of their deaths their salvation through her prayers for them.”

“So what’s the real vocation of parents?” he asks. “Is it to want my children to grow us successful and comfortable? Or is it wanting my children to grow up to be saints, get to paradise and see God?”

For Catholic parents, St. Rita has the answer.


For a picture of St. Rita's incorrupt body visit Catholic POV.