Rita of Cascia
Although Rita Lotti (1377-1457) wanted to be a nun from the time she was young, her parents had her married at the age of twelve. Eighteen years later, her husband was murdered in a vendetta. When her two sons swore revenge, Rita talked them out of it. The sons died within a year. Left alone, Rita devoted herself to prayer and good works. She sought to join the Augustinian Nuns of Cascia, but they repeatedly turned her down because she was a widow. In 1413, the nuns of the Monastery of Mary Magdalene finally allowed her to join them as an Augustinian nun.
Now known as Rita of Cascia, she spent long hours meditating on the Passion of Christ. It is said that after twenty-five years as a nun, a wound appeared on her forehead such as a crown of thorns would make; she lived with this wound until her death fifteen years later. She gained a reputation as a mystic.
Rita died of tuberculosis on May 22, 1457. She is the patron saint of desperate cases.