Have you felt helpless or weak as you’ve gone through divorce? You’re not alone. St. Ignatius didn’t go through a divorce but he wrote a great prayer for those of us who are suffering in any way. His “Prayer Against Depression” applies to much more than depression, but any time it feels like “all is darkness” and we need a bit of hope.
St. Ignatius of Loyola was a strong 16th century man, a soldier. Why in the world did he write a prayer about weakness and helplessness?” Hard for to imagine, isn’t it? It just shows us that saints had feelings too, just like ours. They cried, they feared, they hurt, and they hoped. I’ve cried, feared, hurt, hoped. And through prayers like this one of St. Ignatius, I’m reminded of God’s love and strength.
I shared this prayer on A Million Unheard Souls on Patheos.com, but I also want to share it here with you. Hope it blesses you.
by Saint Ignatius of Loyola
O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of your presence,
Your love, and your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to you,
we shall see your hand,
Your purpose, your will through all things.
I wrote more extensively about St. Ignatius and this prayer in the article Anxiety After Divorce? You Can Begin to Recover With This 16th Century Soldier published by divorce recovery expert Lisa Duffy on her channel A Million Unheard Souls at Patheos.com.