My nephew is lonely and being verbally abused by his peers in school. He is in grade 4. Which prayers would you suggest me to pray to God (or to any Saints) for help?
Fr. Francis' answer:
I am so sorry to hear about your nephew. Bullying is a horrible thing and must be firmly opposed and corrected. It is, however, not a simple matter of one child going out of control, but often involves chronic issues involving the child, his/her family and the school.
I am supposing here that the school has been notified and that proper procedures are in place to hold the bully accountable. I also pray that your nephew has recourse to counselling and therapy if necessary. Bullying often can have lasting damage to self worth and may severely impede one’s social skills.
Meanwhile, we must pray for your nephew’s healing and protection, as well as the conversion of the bully and whatever may be wrong with his or her family environment.
A search on the internet did turn up a number of saints related to these intentions. I will leave it to you to explore...