Saint Zita of Lucca

Saint of the Day for 4/27

Patron Saint of: Servants/Maids, domestic workers

Zita is a good saint for those of us who sometimes lose a chance to do some good by waiting to do something better.

Saint Francis of Assisi was still living when Zita was born to poor, devout Italian parents. From the age of 12 until her death, she worked as a servant for the Fatinelli family in Lucca. She was a hard worker, pious and generous. Although that dedication provoked jealousy on the part of some other servants, Zita won them over by her patience.

As the years passed, she became famous for helping the sick, the poor and the imprisoned. She was regarded locally as a saint soon after her death; that title was officially given to her in 1696. Zita is the patroness of domestic workers.

“You can’t take it with you,” we say. Yet, often, people are afraid to perform the corporal works of mercy because they fear depleting their resources—time, money or energy. Zita is honored as a saint largely because of her charity. She might have compared herself with others having greater resources and excused herself from aiding Christ’s poor. She lived out Jesus’s story about the widow’s mite (see Luke 21:1-4).