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May 22, 2024

Philippians 4: 4-9

Brothers and sisters:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

May 22, 2024

Saints Who Show Us the Way

Who is St. Rita of Cascia, the saint we honor today? In Italy in the 15th century, she lived out a vocation to marriage and motherhood as well as a religious vocation. After the tragic death of her husband, she forgave those who killed him and encouraged her sons to do the same. She persisted in joining the Augustinian order, even though it was unusual for a widow to do so. Because of her faithfulness throughout these incredible circumstances, she is honored as a patron saint of impossible causes. 
Saints like St. Rita offer us a window into following Jesus in different life situations. In the different stages of her life, St. Rita lived out what St. Paul teaches in today’s reading: gratitude, prayer, and virtue. Let us follow her example, knowing that the saints show us how to follow Jesus in every time and place.

—Beth Franzosa is the Director of Adult Formation at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

May 22, 2024


O God, who bestowed on Saint Rita such grace that she loved her enemies, and bore in her heart and on her forehead the mark of Your love and Passion, grant us, we beseech You, through her merits and intercession, a love for our enemies. Through our contemplation of Your sufferings and Passion, may we merit the reward promised to the meek and the suffering. You live and reign forever. Amen.

—From the Novena to St. Rita of Cascia, National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia

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