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St Rita of Cascia; Saint of the Impossible

Discussion in 'The Saints' started by padraig, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. padraig

    padraig New Member

  2. sunburst

    sunburst Archangels

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  3. Carmel333

    Carmel333 Archangels

    I have this movie and haven't watched in years. Would be good to watch for lent...thanks for the reminder!:)
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  4. padraig

    padraig New Member

    St Rite was wonderfull..so barave.

    Her family..her in laws... the Mancini's remind me so much of the Italian Mafia. That there are life circumstances in which it is very,very difficult to do what is right.

    When Pope Jp2 visited Sicily and stongly condemned the Mafia the Italian police bugged the conversations of a group of Sicilian Godfathers not long after. The old Dons were outraged that the Pope should atttack them as they considered themselves all to be very good Catholics. o_O:rolleyes:

    It shows it is possible to be really wicked and to be surprised to find yourself down in hell.

    For someone like Rita to hold out for good in such circumstances took just the most amazing courage.

    It's so difficult for priests even to speak out in places like Sicily and Mexico.

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  5. I've heard this audio---ONE OF THE BEST!!! I SAT MY KIDS DOWN WITH HOT CHOCOLATE AND SAID listen up!!!
  6. padraig

    padraig New Member

    I will listen later..more nightshift!!
  7. padraig

    padraig New Member

  8. gracia

    gracia Angels

    Saint Rita of Cascia, pray for us! She is an amazing and powerful Saint...
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  9. padraig

    padraig New Member

    There are so many, many Catholic saints , but I would say out of all the thousands of them there are maybe about a 100 or so that Universal Catholic piety had latched unto with great force. I don't think this is an accident, Catholics sense something very special about them. among them St Rita is one.

    Others? Well you could name them yourself. people like St Francis of Assisi, St Martin De Porres, St Dominic, At Anthony of Padua, St Bernadette, St Therese of Liseaux and so. These are kind of saints saints and with good reason.

    For myself I tend to love saints who were great sinners . Ones who fought the devil directly. Mystics who were people of great prayer. I especially love those like Pope St John 23rd who had a good sense of humour.


    . Visiting a hospital, he asked a boy what he wanted to be when he grew up. The boy said either a policeman or a pope. "I would go in for the police if I were you," the pope said. "Anyone can become a pope, look at me!"

    2. "It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about the serious problems afflicting the world and I tell myself, I must talk to the pope about it. Then the next day when I wake up I remember that I am the pope."

    3. In reply to a reporter who asked, "How many people work in the Vatican?", he reportedly said: "About half of them."

    4. When a cardinal complained that a rise in Vatican salaries meant a particular usher earned as much as the cardinal, the pope remarked: "That usher has 10 children; I hope the cardinal doesn't."

    5. When he went to visit a friend at the nearby Hospital of the Holy Spirit in the evening, the nun answering the door said: "Holy Father, I'm the mother superior of the Holy Spirit." He replied: "Lucky you! What a job! I'm just the 'servant of the servants of God.' "

    6. Not long after he was elected pope, Blessed John was walking in the streets of Rome. A woman passed him and said to her friend, "My God, he's so fat!" Overhearing what she said, he turned around and replied, "Madame, I trust you understand that the papal conclave is not exactly a beauty contest."

    7. He once wrote: "There are three ways to face ruin: women, gambling and farming. My father chose the most boring one."

    8. When he was cardinal and patriarch of Venice, the future pope was talking with a wealthy city resident and told him, "You and I have one thing in common: money. You have a lot and I have nothing at all. The difference is I don't care about it."

    9. When a journalist asked the then-patriarch of Venice what he would be if he could live his life all over again, the future pope said, "Journalist." Then he said with a smile, "Now let us see if you have the courage to tell me that, if you could do it all over again, you'd be the patriarch!"

    10. A Vatican official told the pope it would be "absolutely impossible" to open the Second Vatican Council by 1963. "Fine, we'll open it in 1962," he answered. And he did.

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