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I’m tired, depressed, and sinful. Please pray for me. Thanks.
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You’re at the top of my list at Mass tomorrow morning, Mark. Hope you can relax and enjoy that awesome family of yours.
Hi Mark,es as vies as v Having experienced these conditions more than once, may I suggest a dose of humility. When we focus on ourselves as victims, we don’t allow the Lord the freedom to do what he wants because our need of control blocks his healing power.
Prayers going up for you.
(Despite the fact I believe you’ve missed the mark on other issues as a matter of practice rather than ethics as such, and it’s taken me the last half hour to calm myself over it, I still intend to pray for you)
Very good of you, Jack. Very gracious to make the point as Mark is begging for prayer.
Heavenly Father, we ask you to shower down your blessings on Mark. Keep his mind quick and his pen sharp, that he may provide sustenance for his family, and may continue to serve You through his work. Father, do not let the darkness of doubt and depression take hold within him. Rather, let the light of Your Son’s incarnation shine upon him this Christmas Season. For the light of Christmas is the light of the Resurrection, and is the final victory over all darkness. And finally, Heavenly Father, pour out your mercy upon Mark. Let him feel Your kind forgiveness. Cleanse his soul from any stain that is displeasing to you. And when you deem it right to call him from this world, welcome him into Your Kingdom, to live forever with all Your saints in glory.
We ask this through Christ Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever. Amen.
Awwww Mark: unfortunately it’s that time of year. We will be praying for you.
Of course we’ll pray! Especially at the Masses and my Adoration Hour next week, you’re at the top of the list. Please know how much you are appreciated, and how much you challenge and bless your readers. I think you need to spend an afternoon with Lucy. I’ll bet that makes everything look brighter! Sending lots of love and prayers from Kansas.
Praying for you now.
Praying right now and will continue.
Taking your intention to Mass with me tomorrow morning.
Know how it feels.
I will surely pray!
Pax Christi and Merry Christmas!
Absolutely will do Mark.
One Hail Mary, done. Only one but it’s a high octane prayer.
Done…hope you’re feeling better soon.
Spiritual battles can leave your soul bruised, especially souls of Dark Lords! Pray with me an Anima Christi or for particularly bad bruises, the full length lorica of St Patrick and then take a fireside siesta or a walk in the snappy cold air, alone if necessary and commune witH Him who made you, knows you, loves you and serves you (on the sacrificial Cross). If all else fails, listen in to the Miracles podcast at the BBC’s Radio4 In Our Time site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00dkh78 and pray with a fellow Dark Lord St. Catherine of Alexandria (an early Advent saint – they start kneading the dough for their Nativity gingerbread cookies in Thorn Poland on her feast day) that the wheel you’re being tortured on splinters and sends out holy motes to chastize any who intend you harm ! ! Fast a little (to ‘stiffen the upper lip’ should my British compatriots over at the Herald be too bruising) but not from figgy pudding, of course, its too scripturally penitential to pass up http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111812.cfm, see Augustine’s Tractates on John: Tractate VII (1:34-51). “We must inquire whether this fig-tree signifies anything. Listen, my brethren. We find the fig-tree cursed because it had leaves only, and not fruit.  In the beginning of the human race, when Adam and Eve had sinned, they made themselves girdles of fig leaves. Fig leaves then signify sins. Nathanael then was under the fig-tree, as it were under the shadow of death.” ) (c) Textweek
I’ll be joining the others in prayer. Possibly, you should pull back from the blog a bit: maybe get a guest blogger or two to back you up. I couldn’t take even a fraction of the conflicts you get into without it seriously bothering me, but here you are throwing yourself into the middle of it every day. I have generally put that down to your feisty Gaelic temperament, but still . . .
Sending prayers your way: the Chaplet of Mercy. Now, go play a game with your adorable grand daughter! God bless you!
Been there, done that (as regards being tired, depressed and sinful). Will no doubt be there, doing that again, possibly before the day is out. Prayers gladly offered, sir. You’ve done a lot of good that has done me good. A Blessed and Merry Christmas to you!
Father, we ask spiritual strength and consolation for Mark as he moves through this day in preparation to celebrate the birth of the Son. May Mark find the joy of the season in his family especially the light that is his granddaughter. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Will lift you up today & in this Holy season – and entrust you to the care of our Holy Mother – you are inifinitely loved by the Creator of the universe – He saw you at the beginning of time – He made you for His service & you belong to Him (even with your blessed failings that lead you to His grace!).
Even when we’re at our squalid worst, and our hearts feel like a sty of bestial filth, the Lord is as ardent to come into our hearts as He was to be born in a humble manger. I pray He continues to make be born anew in the little manger of your heart this Christmas season, and soon salves your present sorrow. FWIW, you are a very great inspiration to my faith. God bless you, Mark.
May God sustain you during this time in your life.
Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.—Psalm 119:133
Will pray, Mark! God bless you!
**I’m tired, depressed, and sinful. Please pray for me. Thanks.**
I’m praying for you…
You will be remembered at my Mass tonight.
Will do, Mark. God bless.
Praying for you.
“Cast your cares upon the Lord and He shall sustain you.”
Praying, Mark. God bless.
Me too. (Praying, sinful, and going through spiritual struggle.)
God bless you, Mark!
Can you spend some time with Lucy the Cuteness this weekend? I bet she’d cheer you right up. My prayers and good wishes to you.
Will pray for you at Mass tonight and pass the intention along.
While it is indeed a serious sin, and the act of a truly dark Lord, to inflict the Star Wars Holiday Special on innocent people, I will nonetheless pray for you.
I’m tired, depressed, and sinful.
Me too, Mark. Me too. I’ll trade you prayers, ok?
Our Church is sinners bringing God to one another. May you find Him now.
In the early 2000s, I believe that reading your blog, and the prayers it inspired in me, saved me from some terrible sins and drew me out of the Slough of Despond. May God give bless you with the faith and hope you gave me then.
God Bless you, Mark. Prayers indeed.
I’ll remember you during Evening Prayer today, Mark.
Mark, take note of what Alias Clio said. You make a difference, for better.
This grouchy old samurai lady requests prayers, too.
I’m praying for you, Mark. Whatever is bothering you, don’t let it get to you. You’re a strong witness to the faith and you’re a good man, and we need men like you in this fight. Don’t be afraid, Jesus is with you and won’t let you down. If I may make a suggestion, ask Our Lady of Lourdes to help you. She has always given me strength even when my sin overcomes me.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.” (Psalm 103:2-6)
I will pray for you 1 am your time at Adoration over here in Marylandistan (Beautiful Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St Mary’s in Annapolis, one of the oldest parishes in the country).
Give your beloved ones hugs. Blessed Christmas!
I offer my prayers through the intercession of St. Dymphna.
The rigors of daily life had me down for a while too, and I always seem to be more prone to sinful screw ups during these low periods. I’ll pray that a good confession and the joy of our Lords Nativity may cheer you up as it did me! God bless you!
Ok mark, Ok : be assured of my prayers ! And let’s be clear : big thanks for all of your writings (for an apologist I should write : “wRIGHTings”). As Paul wrote one day : “I am quite confident that the One who began a good work in you will go on completing it until the Day of Jesus Christ comes.” Courage !
As one tired, depressed sinner to another, I offered a Lorica of St. Patrick for you. Thank you for what you do, and may Our Lord grant you comfort in this trying time.
You have them. God’s blessings be upon you.
Certainly, Mark. God bless and Merry Christmas!
Prayer flares fired on your behalf.
Praying for you Mark! Keep up the good work, but remember to take it easy and treat yourself to extended periods of rejuvenating activities when you need them also.
You have my prayers, Mark. Merry Christmas.
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