St. Rita, born in Italy in 1381, was devoted to God at an early age and had her heart set upon entering the Augustinian convent at Cascia. However, her parents insisted that she marry, and she obeyed, believing that by obeying her parents she was fulfilling God’s will. Her husband was involved in a feud with a neighboring family and was killed by a member of that family. Their two sons vowed to avenge their father’s death, but both died from an illness before they carried out their intention. St. Rita’s desire to enter the religious life returned after the death of her husband and sons, and, after being rejected three times, she finally received her habit in 1413. Later in life, God gave to St. Rita one of the wounds of Christ – a wound on her forehead as if from one of the thorns which pierced the head of Christ. This wound remained with her until her death in 1457. Her incorrupt body rests at the Basilica in Casia. Her feast day is May 22.
Source: Walsh, Michael, ed. Butler’s Lives of the Saints. City: New York: Harper Collins, 1991.