A Prayer from a Helpless Catholic Sinner
by Jem De Ocampo
Father God, You always love us, even when we sinful humans don’t. Our abuse of You should be more than enough reason to forever leave us to rot, yet You sent Your Only Begotten Son to call us back to You, even at the risk of You being abused even more. Thank You very much for both Your refusal to compromise with our sinful bargains and Your acceptance for those among us who strive to repent, no matter how big or small. Let the sun and rain fall upon us, and let them fall as You wish. Use them to strengthen us, and use us for Your glory.
Lord Jesus, You lived among the worst of us when You could’ve refused to do so. We sinful humans doubt You with so much pride in our sinful selves that we would rather kill You whenever You speak Yourself. Thank You very much for exposing our sinfulness while revealing Your salvation through Your Passion. Transform us into holiness, even through all these humiliating things we have to live with everyday. Use them to strengthen us, and use us for Your glory.
Holy Spirit, You are always ahead of us. We sinful humans claim that we alone made ourselves, yet You stay close to us not only to take us down but also to build us up. Thank You very much for giving us many ways to let You spread across the world and for showing us that each and every one of us can only be truly unique with You. Give us what we need, and let them be whatever You want them to be. Use them to strengthen us, and use us for Your glory.
Mother Mary, Strongest Woman, please pray for us. Even as you were born immaculate, you still managed to properly understand sinful humanity’s suffering, even experiencing it through things you struggled to understand at times, like when you and Saint Joseph had to find Jesus in the Temple. So with the Saints you rule over, please pray for us.
So this prayer goes in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,