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Friday, 22 May 2015

St. Rita Cascia

St. Rita is not only the saint of the impossible, but she is the patron of those who have experienced domestic abuse. I find more and more women who have been abused either physically, emotionally, or psychologically. Some men have been abused by parents or siblings as well.

But, we are now witnessing the abuse of nations, of civilizations, of cultures. Evil abuses. Demons take delight in abusing. People, who are warped, take a perverse joy in celebrating sin and abusing others. Sin moves people farther and farther away from God.

Remember, there is no middle ground, no neutral territories anymore.

Fear is one reason why people abuse others. The lack of courage causes some to use and manipulate others.

Abuse also arises from gross sin, when the needs of a person or people leave the realm of rationality and become bestial. Perhaps St. Rita provides us with a good example for these horrible times.

Patience, prayer, perseverance in the growing darkness, which will become almost unbearable--but for the graces of God-can be seen in her life.

To be reasonable is to be holy. To be unreasonable is to sin. Sin removes us from both rational discourse and common sense. Sin makes one more and more stupid. Sin makes a people more and more ignorant.

St. Rita, pray for us.

"He chose us in Him [Jesus Christ] before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and unspotted in His sight. He hath predestinated us to be His adopted children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, to make shine forth the glory of His grace, by which He has made us pleasing in His eyes, in His beloved son." Eph 1: 4-6