Today was the final day of the triduum of the novena to St. Rita. I felt so blessed when I saw that the homilist for all three days was Father Gus Esposito, OSA. Father Gus, for those who do not know him, is often a retreat master at the seminary at Lent for Catholics United for the Faith (not to dare be confused with Catholics United). He is unassuming, humble, warm and devoted entirely to God. I was surprised in one regard to learn he has a PhD, only because he is so humble. On the other hand, he is a gifted speaker and it would make sense that he would want to be educated as much as possible in the faith. The Holy Spirit truly rests upon this man. Please keep Father Gus in your prayers and ask God to send many more priests like him.
It is always so edifying to see how many people come to the shrine for the novena and especially on St. Rita's feast day. During the novena prayer, I could almost hear Heaven stormed with the pleas of the faithful who have come to rely on her.
Father asked us to consider a single line from the Litany to St. Rita.
St. Rita, in ecstasy before the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
May the devotees of St. Rita honor her by helping others love Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament as much as she did.