This 3 1/2″ tall pewter figurine is remarkably detailed! From the features on the saint’s face, and the folds of the garments to the accessories that tradition commonly associates with this saint. Last but not least the saint’s name is inscribed on the base of this sturdy little statue.
About St. Rita . . . St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged her marriage. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband had a violent temper and not only mistreated her, but taught their children his own evil ways. Rita tried to perform her family duties faithfully and to pray and receive the sacraments frequently. After nearly 20 years of marriage, her husband was stabbed by an enemy but before he died, thanks to Rita’s unceasing prayers for him, he repented. Shortly afterward, her two sons died, and Rita was alone in the world.
Prayer, fasting, penance, and good works filled her days. She was admitted to the convent of the Augustinian nuns at Cascia in Umbria, and began a life of obedience and charity. Sister Rita had a great devotion to the Passion of Christ. “Please let me suffer like you, Divine Saviour,” she said one day, and suddenly one of the thorns from the crucifix struck her on the forehead. It left a deep wound which did not heal and which caused her much suffering for the rest of her life. She died on May 22, 1457.