May 22 is the feast day of Saint Rita of Cascia. St. Rita is the patron saint of impossible causes.
St. Rita wanted to enter a convent at an early age, but instead her parents arranged a marriage for her. Her husband was an abusive man, but St. Rita did her best to be a wife and mother. Eventually, he changed, and asked her forgiveness. Later her husband was stabbed to death, and her two teenage sons wanted to seek revenge. Rita tried to talk them out of it. But she was not successful. Both died of illness soon after, and Rita was left all alone. Once again, she sought to enter the convent. At first she was refused because she was a widow, but eventually she was accepted.
Since St. Rita is the patron saint of impossible causes and because she had to deal with people around her being abusive and vengeful, this might be a good opportunity to speak with our families about bullying. What can we do when somebody is being bullied? Are we ever bullies? Often, when we see somebody being hurt – whether physically or emotionally – it seems like an impossible situation. Maybe as families we can help our kids come up with some solutions.