Life is filled with moments that challenge our hearts and minds, leaving us feeling empty. Our faith teaches us that despite life's hurts and disappointments, we can have courage through our Lord Jesus Christ. We can say a prayer for healing.
The Sacramental gifts we receive as Catholics give us the grace to live for God, have hope, and continue on our journey towards Heaven. Wherever you need healing in your life, whether it be from family issues, work-related problems or health, God's desire is for your healing. There are a variety of problem areas that affect our lives; money issues, emotional and mental health challenges or even lack of faith can affect our healing process.
Pope Francis stated:
"We must not wait to be perfect before responding to the Lord who calls us, but rather open our hearts to hear His voice."
We live in a world that has a distorted view of being "perfect". When it comes to healing, it is important to address the fact that life will never be perfect. Scripture speaks to us about being "perfect as our Father is perfect". Knowing this fact can help us to emulate the Lord as we strive to become loving, forgiving and kind, seeking Justice for the oppressed in our world. We know we are doing God's will and striving for His perfection when we love God first, care for the poor, and believe and live a "pro-life mentality" (honoring and protecting human life at all stages). There is much more to it than these three points above, however it is good starting ground for us to ponder.
A Catholic Prayer for Healing of the Mind
So whether you're suffering right now, praying for a friend in need, or have a desire to heal from the past, here's a prayer for healing for you:
"Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the gift of your presence in my life.
Thank you for loving me and thank you for loving all of your creation.
I know you love me, Lord.
Lord, I come to you humbly asking for your healing presence in my life continually on this journey toward Heaven.
Help me to love as you love, to see as you see, and to act as you act to bring peace to the world.
Lord, heal any deep wounds in my soul and in my body. I pray for all of my friends and family who need your help, and help me to help others in a greater way.
Most of all, Lord, help me to be more grateful for the way you're already acting in my life even before this prayer that I'm saying.
I want to do your will, and I want to devote my life to you both now and forever.
We ask this in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."