Prayer Resources

Holy Listening

by Deacon Tom Lambert, Archdiocese of Chicago  |  11/21/2020  |  Prayer Resources

Holy listening, that is, listening in the context of the healing presence of God, means hearing what a person tells us and letting their story unfold at their pace. It affirms a person’s dignity and value. Their story is a sacred story. We respond and react to their story in a non-judgmental way with an unconditional love for the person. Holy listening allows and encourages people to relate their experiences in a supportive atmosphere that leads to comfort and healing. Holy listening brings one to a richer understanding of God’s unconditional love for us through our acceptance of one another. It leads to a mutuality of understanding that allows the person who is ministering to another to begin to see that they are being ministered to as well. This supportive process leads to solidarity and mutuality that enriches faith and hope. The listener also becomes the learner and both journey the path together to wholeness and holiness. We are not leading or following each other, we are walking side by side.

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Psalm 31

11/20/2020  |  Prayer Resources
  1. For the leader. A psalm of David.

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  1. In you, LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness deliver me;
  2. incline your ear to me; make haste to rescue me! Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to save me.
  3. For you are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me.
  4. Free me from the net they have set for me, for you are my refuge.
  5. Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, LORD, God of truth.
  6. You hate those who serve worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.
  7. I will rejoice and be glad in your mercy, once you have seen my misery, and gotten to know the distress of my soul.
  8. You will not abandon me into enemy hands, but will set my feet in a free and open space.
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Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Help

by Margery Arnold, Mental Health Ministry Coordinator, Diocese of Orange  |  11/19/2020  |  Prayer Resources

Holy Spirit, kindle in me the fire of your love.
Help me to know and to feel that I am loved.
Help me to remember that I am connected to You and to others and to this earth.
Help me to live that truth and to share it with others.
Help me to know my gifts and also what delights me.
Help me to take off the armor I have put on to protect myself from anger, sadness, fear, and unworthiness.

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A Parent’s Prayer

11/18/2020  |  Prayer Resources

Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember to be gentle and kind. Help me to know what to say. What to do. Fill my heart with healing love, understanding, and empathy.

Give me the strength of a thousand angels to hold back my tears. My heart is broken and a tidal wave of grief is overwhelming me with the need to cry. Give me the strength to bear it long enough to keep it from disturbing my child. Help me find someone I can safely bring it to.

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Prayer of Petition for those with a Mental Illness

11/17/2020  |  Prayer Resources

We remember and pray for those who have a mental illness and those who love and care for them.

The way we talk about people and their illnesses affects the people themselves and how we treat the illness. In the case of mental illness there is so much fear, ignorance and hurtful attitudes that the people who suffer from mental illness needlessly suffer further. We ask God that the fear be turned to love, the ignorance be turned to wisdom and the hurtful attitudes be turned to compassion – we pray to the Lord: “Lord hear our prayer”.

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Litany: Living with Mental Illness

11/15/2020  |  Prayer Resources

LORD, BE CLOSE TO GIVE YOUR COMFORT (Repeat after each line

  • When pain and distress is overwhelming
  • When worn out and weary
  • When the feeling of alienation arises
  • When troubled by impatience and negativity
  • When loneliness adds to anxiety
  • When it is difficult to communicate
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Each Day Prayer

by Rita Sebastian Lambert, Workshop on Spirituality  |  11/14/2020  |  Prayer Resources
  1. I will recall that I am a child of God. I am one who is created out of Love. I am chosen, good, holy and have purpose…a task to perform here on Earth before I return to the Father. I deserve to be treated as a person who has value and dignity.
  2. I will embrace my illness or my family member’s illness as a friend this day looking for what it is teaching me about the mystery of God and Life.
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