Saint Rita was born in Roccaporena (Cascia) around 1380. According to tradition, she was an only child and since her adolescence she wanted to consecrate herself to God, but due to the insistence of her parents, she was given in marriage to a young man of good will but violent character. After the murder of her husband and the death of her two children, she suffered a great deal from the hatred of her relatives who, with Christian fortitude, she managed to reconcile. Widowed and alone, at peace with everyone, she was welcomed into the Augustinian monastery of St. Mary Magdalene in Cascia. She lived for forty years in humility and charity, in prayer and penance. In the last fifteen years of his life, he bore on his forehead the sign of his deep union with Jesus crucified. She died on May 22, 1457. Invoked as thaumaturge of graces, her body is venerated in the sanctuary of Cascia, destination of continuous pilgrimages. Beatified by Urban VIII in 1627, she was canonized on May 24, 1900 by Leo XIII. She is invoked as a saint of forgiveness and peacemaker of Christ.
Roman Martyrology: Saint Rita, a nun, married to a violent man, patiently endured his mistreatment, reconciling him with God; later, left without her husband and children, she entered the monastery of the Order of Saint Augustine at Cascia in Umbria, offering everyone a sublime example of patience and compunction.