While Rita was disappointed, she trusted that her parents had her best interests at heart, so she married Paolo Mancini and bore him two sons.
At the time, Italy was a violent place, where murder was met with vendetta in an unending cycle of violence. When Rita's husband was murdered, her sons wanted to exact revenge on his killers. Rita prayed that God would prevent them from committing murder, and while her prayers were answered, Rita still suffered a loss. Before they could commit this horrific sin, Rita's sons both died form illness.
Entering the Convent
Rita was once more able to pursue her desire to enter the convent, but the Augustinian nuns were hesitant to take her. With the violence that surrounded her life, and the fact that she had been a wife and mother, Rita wasn't the ideal candidate. Still, no matter how many times the nuns rejected her, her prayer led her to believe that it was God's will that she enter the convent.
Rita prayed to her three patron saints--St Augustine, St John the Baptist, and Nicholas of Tolentino (an Augustinian priest who was not yet a saint).