Our psalmist today declares: Throw your cares to the Lord, and he will support you. I don’t see this as a call to passivity, but rather a call to lift up our burdens to the Lord in our prayers, in allow him to help us with our burdens and to feel that we are not alone. As James says in our first reading, we are called to submit ourselves to God, to submit our will to his.
Many of the faithful turn to St Rita of Cascia with their seemingly impossible causes. Rita was born in the 14th century to a peasant family, its only child. B. She longed to be a nun, but instead followed her parents wishes for her to marry. After a violent, abusive relationship with her husband, after the murder of her husband through a feud with another family, and the death of her two sons by dysentery, she was finally accepted into the Augustinian convent as a religious sister. Rita was well known for being obedient. She was made a saint in the year 1900. At her canonization, Pope Leo 13th named her Patroness of Impossible Causes, while in many Catholic countries, Rita came to be known to be as the patroness of abused wives and heartbroken women.