Saint Zita (c. 1212-April 27, 1272) is a beloved and venerated figure in the Catholic Church. A humble, pious, and hardworking woman. She is the patron saint of homemakers, housekeepers, domestic workers, and of lost keys.
Zita was born in Tuscany, Italy, and worked as a maid in the household of the Fatinelli family in Lucca. She was known for her devotion to God and her kindness to those around her as well as for her tireless work ethic and selfless attitude. According to legend, she was able to perform miracles, such as finding lost items and healing the sick. She was also known for her charity and kindness, especially to the poor and needy, and for her devotion to the sick and elderly.
One of the most famous stories about Saint Zita is that she was able to find a key that had been lost for years. Because of this, she is often invoked as the patron saint of lost keys.
Zita died on April 27, 1272, and was buried in the church of San Frediano in Lucca. Her tomb became a popular pilgrimage site, and her cult began to spread throughout Italy.
In 1696, Pope Innocent XII canonized Saint Zita, making her a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Her feast day is celebrated on April 27th each year. She is also remembered in a special “St. Zita’s Day” celebration on May 12th, on which day the poor in Lucca hold a procession in her honor.
Saint Zita's story is still remembered today as an inspiration for people who work as domestic servants or in any other kind of service. Her example of holiness, humility, and charity continues to be celebrated by many.
Saint Zita is also remembered for her dedication to her work, her love for God and her prayerfulness. She is considered as a model for people who want to live a virtuous life and to put their talents to the service of others.