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St. Zita of Lucca

Housekeeper, Italy

A.D.1218 - 27th April A.D.1271


Biography of St. Zita of Lucca

Truly, the Church has had a marvelous variety of saints. Zita was a single girl who, at the tender age of 12, entered the service of a family other than her own, that of the Fatinellis. There, for some time, she suffered much abuse from both her employers and the other servants. But by heroic patience, meekness and trying to see God in everything, she finally won them over and actually became head of the domestic household. She is a model of faithfulness to domestic duties.

Very generous to the poor, Zita once used her cloak to cover bread she was taking to the poor. To save her from a rebuke, the Lord worked a miracle similar to what He had done for St. Elizabeth of Hungary. When Zita was confronted by her employer, her opened cloak revealed only flowers; after she was safely away, the flowers were replaced again by bread. When a poor man at the well expressed a longing for wine, the water was changed to wine. At another time, Zita was transported suddenly to a distant point, arriving on foot before a horsemen who had passed her.

St. Zita died on April 27, 1271. Only eleven year later, Bishop Paganello of Lucca accorded her public honors. The earliest biography of St. Zita was a manuscript belonging to the Fatinelli family. After her death, all kinds of miracles were worked at her tomb in the church of St. Fredian (Frediano) in Lucca. Two of these miracles demonstrate how, in those far-off days, facts could be well attested.

Marie de Sens, daughter of William of Gricu, nobleman of Burgundy, had been lame and blind for ten years. With an attendant she came to Lucca and for ten successive days prayed at the tomb of St. Zita. She had a perfect recovery, enabling her to use both her eyes and her limbs. This miracle was attested on May 6, 1300 by Fatinelli de Migliore, Jacob Senami and Mateo Virani, all three of them notaries public.

Every time there was a miracle through St. Zita’s intercession a bell was rung at the church. This annoyed one Maudriano Torsello, a boatman and a scoffer. At the sound of the bell he would explode in coarse expressions. Once he saw a sick man being carried towards St. Zita’s tomb: “What now! Place that man on the ground before me, he will be sooner cured!” Immediately the scoffer found himself struck dumb, able to mouth only inarticulate sounds.

The next day, Saturday, the scoffer, much shaken and changed, went to St. Fredian’s, wept before the prior in repentance, and was forgiven. Maudriano also wept long before St. Zita’s shrine. Then, barefoot and with a cord around his neck, he visited the principal churches of Lucca, humbling himself and praying and imploring Zita’s forgiveness for his irreverence.

Then he went back to St. Fredian’s for more long and ardent prayers. There his power of speech returned to him. He subsequently lived a good life and was especially reverent toward God and the saints. This miracle occurred on April 30, 1300, in the presence of numerous witnesses, and was notarized by the aforementioned notary Migliore.

St. Zita is credited with a miracle of raising the dead: The author of a manuscript preserved by the Camaldolese monks affirms that he personally knew of a child of parents devoted to St. Zita who had died and was raised to life through her intercession. The parents swore to the truth of this miracle upon the Holy Gospels.

 

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