Biography of St. Rebecca
* Born on June 29, 1832 in Himlaya, near Bickfaya. St.
Rebecca was named Petronilla because she was born on
St. Peter's feast day.
* St. Rebecca is also referred to as St. Rafca, The
Little Flower of Lebanon, Purple Rose, and Silent and
* When St. Rebecca was 14 years old, her stepmother
asked her to marry her brother and her aunt wanted her
to marry her son. St. Rebecca refused to marry either
one of the men and entered the convent of Our Lady of
* St. Rebecca's parents attempted to bring her back
home but she spoke to the Mother Superior saying, "I
asked mistress of novices to excuse me from seeing them
and she agreed. They returned home, saddened and since
then I never saw them again
* St. Rebecca was one of the first nuns of the new order
of the Daughters of the Mary of the Immaculate Conception
in 1853. She was twenty-one years old.
* In 1871, St. Rebecca began a novitiate into a new
order because her previous order was dissolved. She
entered the Baladita Order. Her name became Rafqa or
Rebecca, at that time, named after the wife of Isaac.
St. Rebecca remained a nun of the Baladita Order until
* In 1885, St. Rebecca prayed to become ill because
she felt Jesus had abandoned her because she had no
pain to offer up to Him. She prayed, "'Why, O my
God, have you distance yourself from me and have abandoned
me. You have never visited me with sickness! Have you
perhaps abandoned me?"
* The night after her prayer, St. Rebecca was struck
with severe pain above her eyes. She became blind and
paralyzed, remaining in that state for seventeen years.
* One of St. Rebecca's eyes became infected and had
to be removed. She refused anesthesia and the doctor
plucked out her eye with a scalpel.
* St. Rebecca suffered constant pain. She described
the pain, "as if someone were sticking lances in
them and pain in my toes as if they were being pulled
* St. Rebecca died on March 23, 1914. She was canonized
on June 10, 2001. St. Rebecca was named the Patron Saint
of the Sick.
Praying to St. Rebecca
Many people who suffer from pain and illness recite
prayers to St. Rebecca. They wear a St. Rebecca medal
or a St. Rebecca necklace to give them strength in their
suffering. Many Catholics give a St. Rebecca necklace
to a loved one who is ill. The St. Rebecca pendant offers
courage and hope for relief from their pain and suffering
with the help of Jesus Christ.
. Have the jewelry store engrave the recipient's
name on the back of the pendant along with a short
message or date if appropriate.
Large Gold St. Rebecca
are available in 14k gold, gold filled
and sterling silver. All sterling silver items
come with a 18 inch or 24 inch chain.
is the perfect size for a charm bracelet
or a necklace for a child. All gold filled and
sterling silver pendants come with a chain.
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