Medal of Saint Rita

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Saint Rita of Cascia was an Italian widow and Augustinian nun venerated as a saint. Rita was married at an early age. The marriage lasted for eighteen years, during which she is remembered for her Christian values as a model wife and mother who made efforts to convert her husband from his abusive behavior. Upon the murder of her husband by another feuding family, she sought to dissuade her sons from revenge.
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    She subsequently joined an Augustinian community of religious sisters. Various miracles are attributed to her intercession, and she is often portrayed with a bleeding wound on her forehead, which is understood to indicate a partial stigmata.