Immediately after her death, Saint Rita of Cascia was already venerated as a protector of the plague, probably because she dedicated herself to the treatment of plague victims, without ever contracting the disease. This was one of the reasons, perhaps the first, to make it popularly obtain the epithet of Santa of the impossible.
PRAYER TO SANTA RITA FOR AN IMPOSSIBLE CAUSE
Under the weight of the pain, to you, dear Saint Rita, I recreate confident of being granted. Free, I beg you, my poor heart from the distresses that oppress it and restores calm to my spirit, filled with troubles.
You who were chosen by God to advocate the most desperate cases, impetamate the grace that I ardently ask you [to ask for the grace you desire].
If they are an obstacle to my desires, my faults, obtain from God the grace of repentance and forgiveness through sincere confession.
Do not allow tears of bitterness to spread any longer.
O holy of the thorn and of the rose, rewards my great hope in you, and wherever I will let you know your great mercies towards the afflicted souls.
O Bride of Jesus Crucified, help me to live well and to die well. Amen.
edited by Stefano Santi for the Papaboys Editorial Office