The saint of the impossible.
St Rita spent 18 years in a difficult marriage before entering a convent to lead a life of poverty and great charity. She is invoked by those in desperate situations: women having difficulties in their marriages or problems with their children; anyone trying to make peace with family or neighbours; and by those who are ill, frustrated in their hopes, or who cannot see a way forward. These are all things she had to face in her life, and she is known as a powerful intercessor.
Author Glynn MacNiven-Johnston studied theology and taught English in various Islamic countries for many years. She has worked in Catholic publishing for over a decade.