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Daily Catholic Question

Did St. Rita murder her sons?

St. Rita was married to a violent man and their two sons inherited his personality. After eighteen years of marriage, her husband experienced a kind of conversion. Shortly thereafter, he was murdered.

Rita's sons swore vengeance. Concerned for their eternal welfare, Rita prayed that her sons would die rather than commit murder and lose their souls. They did, in fact, fall seriously ill. Their long recovery, through which their doting mother tended to them, gave their anger time to dissipate.

So, no. Although St. Rita clearly valued her sons' eternal destiny more than their temporal welfare, she certainly did not murder them.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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<p>There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother (August 27), the instructions of Ambrose (December 7) and, most of all, God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life of love. </p><p>Having been so deeply immersed in creature-pride of life in his early days and having drunk deeply of its bitter dregs, it is not surprising that Augustine should have turned, with a holy fierceness, against the many demon-thrusts rampant in his day. His times were truly decadent—politically, socially, morally. He was both feared and loved, like the Master. The perennial criticism leveled against him: a fundamental rigorism. </p><p>In his day, he providentially fulfilled the office of prophet. Like Jeremiah and other greats, he was hard-pressed but could not keep quiet. “I say to myself, I will not mention him,/I will speak in his name no more./But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,/imprisoned in my bones;/I grow weary holding it in,/I cannot endure it” (Jeremiah 20:9).</p> American Catholic Blog Silence is the ability to trust that God is acting, teaching, and using me—even before I perform or after my seeming failures. Silence is the necessary space around things that allows them to develop and flourish without my pushing. God takes it from there.

 
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