St. Rita is a very popular saint, considered a saint of the impossible or lost causes, she attracts many devotees, and apparently never disappoints any who confide in her. Interestingly, most of her life was filled with bitter trials.
That caught my attention today - a life of bitter trials. Her husband, who was ill-tempered and ill-behaved, was eventually murdered. Her sons were like the father. After her husband's murder she sought entrance to the Augustinians but was rejected. Later she was admitted through miraculous circumstances - but the holy widow never really found acceptance amongst the other nuns. She suffered the stigmata of a thorn in her forehead, yet she was still rejected by the community because of the stench the wound exuded. Such a holy woman 'suffered bitter trials throughout her entire life.' (Magnificat) Her obvious holiness never made her popular, she was neither celebrated in the monastery nor outside the enclosure.
"What did you go out to the desert to see?" - Luke 7:24
"When you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials." - Sirach 2:1