Zita (c. 1218-78) is a rare example of a servant saint. She spent her entire adult life in the service of the Fatinelli family of Lucca. Like other saints of low birth (cf Isidro of Madrid), she distinguished herself by embracing her humble profession, seeing it as a God-given means of penance. She was finally canonized in 1698, her cause championed by descendants of the Fatinellis who employed her.
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Wolf, Kenneth B. "Life of St. Zita of Lucca." Medieval Texts in Translation, 2008. Web. 22 May 2009. canilup.googlepages.com.