Dear Saint Rita, messenger of peace and herald of reconciliation, despite hardship and suffering you lived the Gospel message of compassion and forgiveness and showed the power of love to conquer hatred and to establish harmony. Help me to follow your example and to be an instrument of Christ’s peace. Pray that my heart may be always open, and my arms extended to pardon those who do wrong and even to embrace with mercy those who inflict injury. Pray that God may use my humble gestures to touch hearts and to sow peace. Amen.