April 27 – Saint Zita of Lucca: Patron Saint of Domestic Workers, Lost Keys, Rape Victims

Saint Zita of Lucca, Patron Saint of Rape Victims (Memorial: April 27)

Extract from St. Zita of Lucca: “Zita is a good saint for those of us who sometimes lose a chance to do some good by waiting to do something better. St. Francis of Assisi was still living when Zita was born to poor, devout Italian parents. From the age of 12 until her death, she worked as a servant for the Fatinelli family in Lucca. She was a hard worker, pious and generous. Although that dedication provoked jealousy on the part of some other servants, Zita won them over by her patience. As the years passed, she became famous for helping the sick, the poor and the imprisoned. She was regarded locally as a saint soon after her death; that title was officially given to her in 1696.”

Saint Zita of Lucca, Patron Saint of Domestic Workers (Memorial: April 27)

Extract from Saint Zita of Lucca. “Born to a very poor but pious family. At age twelve she became a domestic servant for the wealthy Fainelli family in Lucca, Italy, a position she kept all her life; she looked at it as a way to serve God. She often gave her own food, and sometimes that of her master, to those poorer than herself, which caused her to get in frequent trouble with her employers and the other servants in the house who resented her. However, she did such a fine job she was eventually placed in charge of the house, and entrusted with its keys. Her reputation was such that Dante in the Inferno referred to the city of Lucca as ‘Santa Zita.’” 

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Zita of Luca on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Rape in Haiti (Ongoing) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 19, 2011 – January 1, 2011.

Abuse of Indonesian Domestic workers in foreign nations (December 2010) (Ongoing) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions – December 6 – December 19, 2010

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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Resources:

Multilingual:

Wikipedia:  St. Zita

English:

AmericanCatholic.org:  Zita of Lucca
CatholicCulture.org:  St. Zita, the Little Cook
Catholic Encyclopedia:  St. Zita
Catholic Fire: Blog Spot:  Saint Zita
Catholic Lane:   Saint Zita in My Kitchen
Catholic.net:  St. Zita
Catholic News Agency:  ST. ZITA OF LUCCA
Catholic Online:  St. Zita
Catholic Saints:  Saint Zita
Dmoz: Open Directory Project:  Links to Websites for Saint Zita
EWTN.com:  ST ZITA, VIRGIN
Facebook:  Saint Zita
Folkart Saints:  St. Zita
Incorrupt Bodies of the Saints:  St. Zita
Lives of Saints: Bottom of Page:  SAINT ZITA, Virgen
Lucca and its patron saint Saint Zita:  Saint Zita
Roman Catholic Saints:  Saint Zita of Lucca
St. Charles Borremeo Catholic Church: St. Zita
Saints.SQPN.com: Saint Zita of Lucca

Spanish:

Catholic.Net:  Zita de Lucca, Santa

EWTN:  Santa Zita Sirvienta (1278)

Italian:

Santi Toscani:  Santa Zita di Lucca. Patrona delle domestiche

French:

Missel.free.fr/Sanctoral:  Sainte Zita de Lucques Biographie

Polish:

Czytelnia: Święta Zyta, dziewica

Prayers:

2heartsnetwork.org:  PRAYER to St. Zita.
A Year of Prayer: 365 Rosaries:  Why Pray the Rosary Every Day for a Year? St. Zita
Catholic-Forum.com:  Prayer to Saint Zita
CatholicDoors.com:  PRAYER TO SAINT ZITA
E.BOOK of COMMON PRAYERS:  Prayer to St. Zita

Art and Images:

blogspot.com: Saint Zita.
MEDIEVAL WALL PAINTING IN THE ENGLISH PARISH CHURCH: St. Zita, Horley, Oxfordshire
TheRealPresence.org PDF: Saint Zita
WikiMedia Commons: Pictures: Category:Saint Zita

Videos:

Gloria.TV The More Catholic the Better:   Saint Zita

Children:

The Baldwin Project: The Saint Maid of Lucca
EucharisticAdoration.com: Children’s Short Stories: Saint Zita
Holy Spirit Interactive Kids Zone: St. Zita

Monuments and Pilgrimages:

Bagni di Lucca and Beyond: Festival of flowers for Saint Zita in Lucca
Lucca and its patron saint Saint Zita: Saint Zita

Commercial:

Religious Jewelry:  Patron Saint Zita; Ballad of Saint Zita

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