St. Rita of Cascia
When I find myself going through tough times, I so appreciate the friends who acknowledge my pain, rather than pretend it doesn't exist. With such support, I find comfort, strength, and healing. When I saw this beautiful, handmade statue of St. Rita, ''Healer of Women; Patron of Those in Difficult or Impossible Situations,'' I knew I had to give her to one of my friends who is facing an ''impossible situation.'' It's the perfect gift of acknowledgment and hope
Not being a Catholic, I'm not that familiar with patron saints, but I am told that St. Rita is currently having a resurgence of popularity in Italy. (Plus, would you believe she's also the Patron Saint of Baseball?!) This statue comes with the story of how she overcame adversity (from a hellish marriage to the loss of her two sons) during the Middle Ages.
To get the effect of medieval craftsmen, the Mississippi-based artist carved the original statue in clay and then works with a slurry of gypsum and other natural materials for the molds. His wife paints each piece so it resembles weathered bronze. Whatever your religious persuasion, may St. Rita's comforting presence illuminate a path of empowerment and healing for you. It's beautiful indoors or out, hanging on a wall, or standing.