A Prayer for Mental and Emotional Stability

A Prayer for Mental and Emotional Stability

by Jem De Ocampo


The suffering of our hearts and minds are ultimately born of our sin, and while we more than deserve to rot in that for eternity, You dare to give us chances to reconcile with You, God the Father. We attempt to justify our broken and hateful selves and refuse to think that we ourselves are also among those who hate us and You. We even dare to use Your name for such sinful endeavors. But You always frustrate our plans and the Devil who tries to take us away from You. And Your work is always better than what we tend to think and feel. Please keep on frustrating our evils as You grow our good.

You also use our madness to remind us about how You are Christ Almighty, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, but not without giving us the power to choose to believe in You first, even as it has the risk of us choosing to refuse instead. Your heartrending trust is something worth following, even as we won’t feel good and understand things a lot along the way. You see our sinfulness ruling over our virtuousness, yet Your love for us even reaches the point where You would endure the worst humiliation we can give You. Please give our suffering meaning as we strive to improve.

Holy Spirit, help us be clearly aware of what is right and what is wrong, with our emotions giving us enough boosts in our persistence with reasonings that are according to Your will. Do not let us use that awareness as an excuse to sin, do not let us make a false dichotomy out of emotion and reason, and do not let our control over our emotion and reason be disconnected from Your power. Help us grow and maintain our love for our fellow sinners as we vanquish and prevent our sins. And our bodies are also Your temples, so please help us preserve and cherish them for Your sake, and do as You please with us.

Mother Mary, Strongest Woman, please pray for us, too. Your Immaculate Conception does not prevent us from mistaking you for someone who lived a life that is insane and sinful, making your Fiat even more powerful to the minds and hearts of us weak humans who dare to believe. And even as you live with wholehearted service to God, you certainly feel happiness and sadness and fear and even anger and disgust just like any other human. Please intercede for us and help us live with our hearts and minds with love and without loathing, both for ourselves and for others.

So this prayer goes in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

Amen.

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