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Monday, September 23, 2013

Pray for Marriages (Marital Suffering)

Greetings sweet warriors so faithful to prayer,

Every now and then I stumble upon something so powerful, that I know it must be shared. And when my finding it is so entirely random, I know it's definitely not coincidence but God-incidence.  Here is a prayer I ask you to share with someone in deep marital pain.  May it act like a soothing balm to their ravaged heart.

Prayer in time of marital suffering*

O Lord, you raised marriage to the dignity of a sacrament, a sacred sign of love and unity between yourself and your spouse, the Church. You give married couples the grace they need to live together in love and harmony. 

Yet, that grace seems out of reach for the one I loved and married and for me. Our love has vanished, our marriage has faltered and our children have certainly been harmed. According to the measure of our faith, teach each of us how to regain what has been lost, to change all that can be changed and to accept whatever cannot be changed. 

If we cannot be restored to a life together, keep us from deep regret, resentment and great fear. I come to you now in prayer, O Lord, asking for your divine mercy upon my children, my spouse and me. Heal us so that we may be reassured that your love and forgiveness remain with each one of us.  

Grant that the problems that led to this grave situation may be the occasion for growth in both of us, greater respect for each other, mutual pardon and deeper faith. 

Draw from this messy pain true good for our children, my spouse and myself. Especially, I pray for our children. Hold them in the palm of your hand and teach my spouse and me how to care for them as you do. 

Give us strength, wisdom, healing and understanding dear Lord. Lavish them on us in great measure. Cause each one of us to respond generously to these graces. 

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.  And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you.  1 Peter 5:7, 10

Pray and fast for those marriages suffering the most.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Sooth a suffering soul.  Pass it on. 

* taken from Prayers in Laudate (the app)