BIOGRAPHY OF SR RITA OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Rita (called in the world Christina Montella) was born in Cèrcola
(Naples) on the 3 April 1920. When she was very young she had some supernatural
experiences which trained her for the enclosed austere life with the Augustinian
Nuns in Santa Croce sull’Arno’s Convent (Pisa, Italy). Here
she led a holy life from the 10 August 1940 until her death, which took
place on the 26 November 1992. She worked hard as a Lay Sister, but with
interior joy, although she was in poor health. Many people who admire
her remember that she used to say: ‘For Jesus all is only a little’.
Those who get acquainted with her are amazed at her simplicity, her reserve
and her humility. She used to abase herself to glorify Our Lord. Her behaviour
reminds us of the Blessed Virgin of Nazareth, the sublime Lady who lived
unknown to the world but exalted in front of God.
We have several testimonies of her interior life and of her austere reserve,
namely autobiographical passages and evidence from people. They show her
deep spirituality, characterized by extraordinary charisms, on whose authenticity
we leave the final judgement to the Church.
Sr Rita carried out in bilocation a ‘mission of reparation’
with St.Pio of PietreIcina, the mystic friar of the “Gargano”.