Friday, May 22
Feast of Rita of Cascia, religious
Faith makes the impossible possible
By the time Rita of Cascia was 36 years old, she had faced enormous challenges in her life, including great violence. Her husband was killed amid strife between families in Italy at the turn of the 15th century. Her two sons desired to avenge his death, a move their mother entirely opposed. Before they could carry out vengeance, however, they became ill and died. In the face of violence, loss and grief, Rita remained a woman of great faith. She believed, in the words of scripture, that with God all things are possible. Canonized in 1900, she is recognized as a patron saint of impossible causes.
Today’s readings: Acts 25:13b-21; John 21:15-19 (301). “Lord, you know everything.”