I must mention the feast of St. Rita today, because she is the patron of our parish.
St. Rita was born in 1381 in Italy. She wanted to enter the convent but instead, submitted to her parent's wishes for her to marry. Her husband was abusive, and the 2 sons born to them were very much like their father. She prayed for them all continually. Her husband was stabbed, but repented prior to death, because of her prayers.
Their two sons resolved to violently avenge their father's death. Rita prayed that they would die rather than sin in that way. When they both died, she entered a convent and lived there for 40 years.
She died on this day in 1457.