Size:1 7/8 inch
Material: Sterling silver
This attractive large medal features St Rita gazing upon a crucifix in contemplation. The motto around her reads “Charitas Christi Urget Nos” (The Love of Christ Compels Us). The back shows the Sacred Heart of Jesus being pierced by an arrow with the words “Talleres de Caridad de Santa Rita” (Charity Workers of St Rita).
The medal was cast in sterling silver from an antique medal in the Rosa Mystica Collection so it shows all the beauty and history of the original piece. It comes with a matching holy card in an organza gift bag, ready for gift-giving, and was made in the USA.
St Rita was born in Spoleto, Italy in 1381. Although she wanted to become a nun, her parents forced her into marriage. She was a good wife and mother, but her husband was a violent man who taught their two sons his evil and disrespectful ways. After being married 20 years, her husband was stabbed in a knife fight. Thanks to Rita’s prayers, he repented of his sins before he died. Her two sons died soon after this, so Rita fulfilled her dream of joining a convent. She was so devoted to the passion of Christ that once during prayer, a thorn from the crown of thorns pierced her forehead. The wound never healed and caused her much suffering. She died in 1457.
St Rita is the patron of: