Prayer Requests

A reader writes:

I would like to make a prayer request of you and your readers for my daughter. She is twelve years old, and suffers from severe OCD. It is controlled with medication, so that she is at least functional, but her anxieties and impulsivity that follow from her affliction are tearing our family apart. I have prayed for relief for her, and for the wisdom to know how to help her, but we are all at a loss. Some days we are stronger than others, but more often than not, I we are all emotionally exhausted, and all too aware of our impotence in the face of this affliction.

I love her dearly, but I do not know what to do anymore, but to trust and hope in Our Lord.

Please, pray for us, that we may accept our cross with patience, and fortitude, and hope, especially the latter which is so sorely tested.

Father, we ask that you would help these parents accept and endure this cross and we ask as well that you would grant miraculous healing to this beautiful daughter of yours in body, soul, mind and spirit.  Mother Mary, St. Dymphna, St. Luke, and Fr. Joseph Fulton, pray for this family.  We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Another reader writes ask for prayer:

For B, E, & M, that they find the jobs God wants them doing, get them, do well, and be blessed in all things.

Father, hear our prayer through your Son Jesus Christ.  Mother Mary and St. Joseph, pray for them.


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  • anonymous

    Praying, especially for the parents and twelve year old. We’ve been there, too. Ours is seventeen.

  • Clare Krishan

    Praying in PA – by way of encouragement, I befriended an elderly shut-in who suffered a little OCD like hoarding-tendencies (she favored striped clothes and over five years nothing much else I bought her to wear ever saw the light of day – I learned to go-with-the-flow and buy exactly what she liked: spearmint leaves candy and may I offer this ray of hope – there’s lots of creative avenues in technology e.g, nowadays to honor the instinct to go with the “flow” (first described decades ago in the early days of the design of the internet by an Hungarian scholar Mihály Csíkszentmihályi (which means Michael Holy Saint Michael in English, ha!
    for example many folks share their interests on Pinterest: one sample in particular And allowing for a little levity there’s plenty of for — Order Carmel Discalced — saints for you and your daughter to pray with for intercession, just this week for example! Perhaps this mind map on emotions and our appetites
    may help her learn how emotions aren’t right or wrong (they are just “things’ that supply our intellect with thoughts to ponder on) as the first act of mind so to speak they contain no ‘truth’ per se. Only the second act of mind – what we decide to do with them (or any other of our sense sensations such as sight or smell) is where we learn to practice virtue, and discern the truth of the good or bad actions we can seek out or ought avoid. Peter Kreeft has more on the topic of ‘act of mind’ here: (19 sounds a little OCD right? Its not – human only get to make 13 of them; the angels have one kind; and the Divine Persons’ five. Enjoy!)