Saint Rita and Her Forgiveness

Saint Rita and Her Forgiveness


Rita is special because, always, even during the hard times of her life, she always put Jesus in the center of her life. She was praying all the time for her husband, as you know, he was fighting all the time. And the miracle happens, and the husband put down all the weapons. There were the towers on the top of the hills to protect the region, so Paolo was one of the guardians of those towers. And sometimes they abused a little bit of their power as well. This means that Paolo changed his life when he decided not to do this anymore, but this changing that he paid with his life because as you know, his friends were the ones who killed him. We do know that Rita knew who was the one stabbing, killing her husband, but she will not reveal that because she didn’t want revenge. So it was to avoid revenge. To understand this period, we have to remember that to revenge at the time was something socially acceptable, something normal. so if someone had done some damage to your family, the revenge is something social. So someone did something to you, you have to answer with the revenge. So it’s normal at this time for this to happen. So here we see the part of Rita because we have to understand how hard it was in the 1400s for a woman, for Rita, not to accept something that was social, that was normal. We also hear and understand that the Gospel was the center of Rita’s life because Jesus never speaks about revenge. So she wanted to follow the word of Jesus, and she didn’t want this (revenge). But at the same time, may we can find something normal but our nun is saying how important it is for us to understand how hard it was for Rita to do renounce what was socially acceptable, what was common at that time, what people thought was awkward, strange about Rita’s attitude. She’s saying that it’s also important to understand in the 1400s Rita was completely alone without her husband and her kids, with the husband’s family against her because she didn’t want to revenge. By that time, the woman was completely alone, and once again in this hard times that she supported her life in Jesus and the Gospel. I think there’s another aspect of Rita that we need to emphasize especially as a woman. Especially as a woman. In the 1400s, because women, at that time, were considered inferior in respect to men, so it’s completely different from our days.

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