Divorce Terrified Me, But A Simple Prayer Saved Me

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Lisa Duffy of “A Million Unheard Souls”  invited me to be a guest writer on her blog for divorced Catholics. Lisa has been a ray of hope and inspiration to me as I’ve healed from divorce and it’s a privilege to write over there on her channel at Patheos. I’m excited about this new project and hope you’ll come visit with me and with Lisa over at her blog on Patheos.com. Lisa Duffy is an divorce recover expert and I highly recommend her blog, books, and other resources. In my first post at “A Million Unheard Souls,” I shared deeply personal feelings and the simple prayer I clung to when my life was falling apart.  Shattered Glass, Shattered Lives One teenage angst-filled day, I angrily slammed the bathroom door. Within seconds, the mirror over the sink was tipping off the wall. It struck the two hanging lights in front of it and all five feet of it continued falling forward towards me. I still remember the feeling of shock as I stood there watching the impossible. I instinctively raised my hands to cover my face, shards exploding around me. It was unexpected. Terrifying. And there was nothing I could do to…

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

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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 1

Image by jangelo via Flickr Today is the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena.  I HIGHLY recommend that you say (well, more than just “say”….really consider these prayers as you recite them) this series of prayers over the next 9 days.  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.  If you don’t have one near you, check out Amazon.  Here’s the link to the book I have – The Divine Mercy.  Actually, they sell this one in a pack of 5 for $13.43.  That’s pretty reasonable if you have 4 friends or family members to give the others to.  Or, just leave them at church as anonymous gifts!  If you order today, you can get them by Monday or Tuesday with 2 day shipping.  I apologize for not having thought of this sooner….next year! I plan to post each day’s prayers and intentions here.  I’m asking your forgiveness ahead of time, though, for those days when I…

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