St. Rita was an Italian widow and Augustinian nun and venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Before becoming a nun, she was married at a very early age to a cruel and abusive husband. During her 18 years of marriage, she endured insults, physical abuse, and infidelities from her husband. But she never left her husband. Through humility, kindness, and patience, Rita was able to convert her husband into a better person. She eventually bore two sons.
Her husband was murdered by a family member who held a grudge against the family. Her husband was stabbed to death by Guido Chiqui, a member of the feuding family. At her husband's funeral, Rita forgave her husband's murderer.
However, her two sons, Giovanni and Paulo sought revenge for their father's murder. Rita tried to persuade her sons not to retaliate with vengeance, but to no avail. Fearing that her sons would lose their souls, she asked God to take her sons rather than submit them to the mortal sin of murder. Her sons died of dysentery a year later, and they were unable to carry out their revenge.
After the death of her husband and sons, Rita desired to enter a monastery as a nun. Catholic legends say that she was transported into the monastery of Saint Magdalena via levitation at night into the garden courtyard by three patron saints. She remained at the monastery, living by the Augustinian Rule, until her death from tuberculosis on May 22, 1457.
According to Catholic Online:
In the midst of chronic illnesses, she received visions and wounds on her forehead which resembled the crown of thorns. She died on May 22 at Cascia, and many miracles were reported instantly.http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=4610
Rita was beatified by Pope Urban VIII in 1626 and later canonized on May 24, 1900 by Pope Leo XIII. Together with St. Jude, she became the saint of hopeless causes. According to Catholic News Agency, "she is also known as the patron saint of sterility, abuse victims, loneliness, marriage difficulties, parenthood, widows, the sick, bodily ills and wounds."
In conclusion, those who think that a wife should resist by hitting back her abusive husband is the Catholic thing to do.....then ask yourself why did the Catholic Church honor and venerate a woman who did not resist.