St. Rita of Cascia was born on 1381 in Umbria, Italy. Though she desired to become a nun, her parents forced her to marry instead. Yet she took her duties as a wife earnestly, loving even her alcoholic husband who would beat her constantly. One day, her husband was killed in a brawl. Fearing that her two sons would resort to vengeance, she prayed fervently. Her sons, plotting to murder their father’s killers, died after a year in a plague. She took this as God’s way of answering her prayers. After some time, she entered an Augustinian monastery fulfilling her dream of becoming a religious. It was here that she received the gift of the stigmata (the wounds of Jesus) which confined her much to bed. She died on May 22, 1457.