On Monday, May 22, we celebrated our annual Rita feast. This year, the year after the pandemic, many guests joined the festive service in the Motherhouse of the Rita Sisters.
Rev. Robert Borawski, who celebrated the service with us, read the Gospel of the Vine and the branches. The branches bring good fruit only if they remain closely connected with the vine (with Jesus). From him, they have the strength to grow and flourish. Growing, according to Father Robert Borawski, also means transformation, even if the change, the new beginning, is not easy for everyone. Stagnation, however, means regression. Life change leads to deep and inner peace. Saint Rita also experienced this on her life's journey. Her way of life was often thwarted, and she had to go her own way of transformation. She was helped in this by her faith. We, too, can walk our paths in union with the vine, with Jesus Christ, and with St. Rita as our patroness and role model. She herself grew and matured in her life, she was able to bring people together and make peace.
At the end of the service, Father Robert Borawski blessed many roses. Roses are a symbol of St. Rita and speak of her life. They were distributed to the guests by several of our Rita Sisters with good wishes.