St Zita of Lucca

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St Zita of Lucca was born in Monsagrati, Italy in 1212. She is known as being a servant for the Fatinelli family from the age of twelve until her death. St Zita saw her work as part of her service to God. She used to say that “a servant is not holy is she is not busy; lazy people of our position is fake holiness.” She also gave generous gifts to the poor as well as visiting the sick and those that were in prison. She was a women of patience and of goodness. St Zita died in Lucca, Italy on the 27 April 1278 and was canonised in 1696 by Pope Leo X. She is the patron saint of domestic workers.

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