A Prayer by St. Ignatius For When You Feel Weak & Helpless

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. Prayer Against Depression 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…

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Divorced Catholic Mother’s Prayer to St. Joseph for Her Children

st joseph with child jesus consecration for divorced Catholic mothers

Somehow I stumbled across this prayer of consecration to St. Joseph online and it touched my heart, so I’m sharing it with you! I’ve adapted a few words in this traditional prayer to St. Joseph to make it more appropriate for divorced and single Catholic mothers by replacing “us” or”we” with “I.” No other changes were made. When my husband moved out I was bereft. We had a beautiful statue of St. Joseph, a gift from my mother-in-law, and I so asked St. Joseph to be “the man of the house.” I have entrusted to St. Joseph all my attempts to work and earn income since he has the title “St. Joseph The Worker.” It gives me comfort to know that as he cared for Mary and Jesus, he also cares for me and my children. Perhaps you’ll also find comfort in turning to St Joseph. A Mother’s Prayer Consecrating Her Children to St. Joseph O glorious St. Joseph,  to you God committed the care of His only begotten Son amid the many dangers of this world. I come to you and ask you to take under your special protection the children God has given me.  Through holy baptism they became children of God and members of…

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Praying Through Divorce – Divine Mercy Novena Day 9!

Image via Wikipedia Day 9 Intention: Souls who have become lukewarm. Today bring to Me the souls who have become lukewarm* and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy.  These souls wound My Heart most painfully.  My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls.  They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’  For them the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy. “Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself.  I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart.  In this fire of Your pure love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame.  O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercie the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Hear of Jesus.  Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His…

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Praying Through Divorce – Divine Mercy Novena Day 8

Image via Wikipedia Day 8 Intention: The souls who are detained in Purgatory. Today bring to Me the souls who are detained in Purgatory and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy.  Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames.  All these souls are greatly loved by Me.  They are making retribution fo My justice.  It is in your power to bring them relief.  Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf.  Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice. “Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice.  May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in…

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Praying Through Divorce – Divine Mercy Novena Day 7

Wow, day #7 already.  Only 2 days to go! Image via Wikipedia Day 7 Intention: The souls who especially venerate and glorify My mercy. Today bring to Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My mercy and immerse them in My mercy.  These souls sorrowed most over My passion and entered most deeply into My spirit.  They are living images of My Compassionate Heart.  These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life.  Not one of them will go into the fire of hell.  I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death. “Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy.  These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself.  in the midst of all afflictions and adverstities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders.  These souls will not be judges severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who…

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Praying Through Divorce – Divine Mercy Novena Day 6

Image by amrufm via Flickr Today is the 6th day of the Divine Mercy Novena.    Many amazing promises are attached to this novena. I encourage you to go to a Catholic bookstore to pick up a Divine Mercy pamphlet that tells you the story behind it, too, so you can keep the prayers with you and not be tied to the computer while reciting them. Day 6 Intention: The meek and humble souls and the souls of little children Today bring to Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children and immerse them in My mercy.  These souls most closely resemble My Heart.  They strengthened Me during My bitter agony.  I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars.  I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace.  Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace.  I favor humble souls with My confidence. “Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, ‘Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.’ Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children.  These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and…

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Praying Through Divorce – Divine Mercy Novena Day 5

Image via Wikipedia Day 5 Intention: The souls of those who have separated themselves from my church. Today bring to Me the souls of those who have separated themselves from My church and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.  During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church.  As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion. “Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You.  Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church.  Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church and do not let them escape from the abode of your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors.  Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son…

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Praying Through Divorce – Divine Mercy Novena Day 4

Image via Wikipedia Day 4 Intention: Those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know me. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart.  Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. “Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world.  Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You.  Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus.  Draw them to the light of the Gospel.  These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You.  Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages.  Amen.” This is a chaplet, which means…

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