Hopefully starting today with God’s help I am going to try to write entries especially during feast days, so that I can one muddle through and deepen my understanding of what maybe the Holy Spirit is helping me understand, but also to inform all of you of the great Saints whom God has placed for us to come to Him.
Today is the feast of Saint Rita of Cascia. Saint Rita was born in 1381 in Roccaporena, Italy and was married for 18 years. She was a mother (having two sons). But, following the deaths of her husband and children, Rita went into a religious community; a Augustinian convent in Cascia.
Throughout her life she suffered many bitter trials and with this she was sustained by a deep devotion to the Passion of Christ. Saint Rita died in 1457 at the age of 76.
Saint Rita is one of those saints I find truly amazing. To lose not only your husband, but your children is very difficult, but many turn away from God in that moment, yet she never did. Instead Saint Rita deepened her faith and love for Jesus and it was by this she heard Jesus speak to her and follow Him as a religious sister, to follow Him in His sufferings.
We have met widows whom has lost their husband and I in fact have met one with Saint Rita as her namesake, that would be JR’s grandmother, Rita. Rita never entered a convent, but she spiritually gave herself totally to Jesus and never became angry for losing her husband, instead she embraces the fact that she will soon be with her husband and with God.
As I read my prayers this excerpt from the letter of Saint John really stuck a cord with me:
Beloved, God has loved us so, we must have the same love for one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet if we love one another God dwells in us, and His love is brought to perfection in us. The way we know we remain in Him and He in us is that He has given us of His Spirit.
We have seen for ourselves, and can testify, that the Father has sent the Son as savior of the world. When anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in Him and He in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him.
Our love is brought to perfection in this that we should have confidence on the day of judgment; for our relation to this world is just like His love. Love has no room for fear; rather, perfect love casts out all fear. And since fear has to do with punishment, love is not yet perfect in one who is afraid. We, for our part, love because He first loved us.
If anyone says, ‘My love is fixed on God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. One who has no love for the brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
It stuck very deep, why you might ask? For the mere reason that how many people say they LOVE God, but truly cannot stand the people that surround them, whom are apart of God’s creation, whom He loves deeply and treasures as His children? It is that notion that happens to always stick to me as I become upset with attitudes and drama from those I know and yet the words, “I hate them” will never come because when I say that phrase I have literally said, “I hate God”.
As I end this entry I would like to relay with you a prayer to Saint Rita.
Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, the wisdom and strength of the Cross, with which you were pleased to endow Saint Rita, so that, suffering in every tribulation with Christ, we may participate ever more deeply in his Pachal Mystery. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.