Months before her death, she asked a visiting relative to bring her a rose from her family’s garden in Roccaporena— a tall order, as the request was made in the height of winter. Nevertheless, the relative obeyed, and returned with the single fresh rose plucked from the barren, snow-covered garden. (Read: Miracles of Poong Nazareno: Devotees Share Their Amazing Stories)
Upon her death on May 22, 1457, convent bells at the St. Mary Magdalene Monastery reportedly rang on their own, and a sweet scent emanated from Sr. Rita’s remains. As nuns organized a modest burial for her, a partially paralyzed carpenter remarked, “If only I were well, I would have prepared a place more worthy for you.” In an instant, he was healed, and true to his word, he created a beautiful coffin where she was laid to rest.
Today, St. Rita’s body remains incorrupt in a glass-enclosed coffin found in the basilica of Cascia, Italy. She also continues to grant miracles to those who implore her intercession. So in honor of her feast day this May 22, My Pope Philippines recalls five of the countless impossible causes St. Rita answered.
Miracles of St. Rita: Thyroid Cancer Healed
Marcie, July 29, 2012:
“When I was first told I might have cancer of the thyroid, I was very afraid, as my aunt, my brother, and my sister all had to have their thyroids removed due to cancer. I didn’t want to start taking more medication due to diabetes. (Read: How It’s Like to Be a Millennial Diagnosed With Diabetes)
I bought a small statuette of St. Rita, and prayed to her. In two years since, the doctor has only seen a lot of nodules in my thyroid, not big enough to determine if they are cancer, but they are definitely NOT growing.
A friend’s mother was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, had her thyroid removed. I bought her the same statuette of St. Rita, and she has been stable since then. Cured? Only God knows.”
Miracles of St. Rita: You’re Hired!
Chinedu O., May 8, 2012:
“After a long and discouraging period of unfruitful jobs, I sought St. Rita’s intercession as my last hope to obtain a miracle from Jesus. Just five days into the novena prayer, a hiring manager that had previously turned me down after an initial interview sent me an offer of employment with a wonderful gas and light company in Canada.
I am most grateful to God for answering the prayers His beloved daughter St. Rita presented before His throne on my behalf.” (Read: San Isidro Labrador’s Five Famous Miracles)
Miracles of St. Rita: Help for a Helper
alice_alice, March 9, 2016:
“I prayed na makakuha kami ng helper and kanina merong nagapply sa amin. I know si St. Rita bumulong kay God na mabigyan kami ng makakasama sa business namin. Thank you St. Rita! Thank you God.” (Read: Five Miracles Attributed to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila)
Miracles of St. Rita: Bank Loan Approved
Angela O., January 3, 2013:
“I was in the process of buying a house. One of the two banks approved but the other bank was not yielding. I sought the intervention of the Saint of the Impossible, St. Rita, and my intention was granted. The unyielding bank gave a response on the last day of my novena to St. Rita. Thank you St. Rita for your intervention.”
Miracles of St. Rita: Happy Couple
Anonymous, January 12, 2016:
“My fiancé and I were having a tough time and he left home. I consistently prayed to St. Rita asking her to intercede for me to bring my fiancé back. She has also inspired me about patience and forgiveness with her story. I feel very connected to her. She answered my prayers three weeks later and we are a happy couple. I want to thank St. Rita so much for her intercession.”