Jesus, I unite myself to you during this entire day by offering you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings.
PRAYER DURING AN ILLNESS
Help me, Father to be peaceful in living this day. If I feel strong or improved today, let me be grateful enough to find the time to be in your presence to thank you. If today is going to bring me more pain, disappointment, or depression let me accept these sufferings as living signs of my constant need for your saving and strengthening love. Cleanse me with a natural outburst of tears if that is the most human way I can lose fear and find your peace today. Let me help someone else today too, if only by my gratitude since there is little else I can give right now. Help me to listen to the needs of those whom I will see today.
Father, help me grow in accepting the fact that I am always dependent on you and trusting in your promises. Deliver me from the evil of trying to be my own strength, of doubting your love and care. You know best what are my needs. Keep me asking, hoping, and growing in my life toward you.
“Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
The only real evil is that which can separate my life from yours. Lord, deliver me from the evil of considering myself in control of my life situation, rather than seeking to do your will: the evil of fearing pain and disappointment rather than using these experiences as times of seeing how much for granted I take all the good you have placed in my life. Deliver me from the evil of an unforgiving heart and mind, which spreads harm and injury to others. Deliver me from the evil of judging others, which destroys my chances of loving them. Lord, deliver me from crippling fear during this time of waiting.
Thank you Lord for all my loved ones, the doctors, nurses and everybody who has helped me so very much. I cannot accept this illness without your help. With your help I can have the wisdom and share the mystery of seeing this suffering even as a blessing!
I believe you wish to console and heal me. I wait in your presence for whatever blessing you choose for me today. And so Lord God, I give you praise, honor, and glory in every situation of this day.
Lord Jesus, help me to understand and believe that to feel lonely or frightened, or even depressed about my sickness and pain is all right. That to be human, is to be precious to the Father. Hold my hand, and let me feel your loving arms around me, Lord Jesus, until my pain subsides. Smile into my eyes, dear friend, and help me remember all the wonderful times you graced me with your love.
Jesus, pour into my whole being the truth that when I am crushed, numbed with pain, and totally helpless, my spirit turns instinctively to you. That in those instances of greatest suffering and need you are most truly present.
For in those times I most closely resemble you. Thank you, Lord Jesus!
ACT OF CONTRITION
Oh Lord, in the helplessness and fear that I feel in this time of sickness, I glimpse your agony in the garden. Help me recall the times in my life when lack of caring, moodiness, and selfishness ruled my behavior instead of your gentle commandment of love.
I know Lord, and I am deeply sorry, that my acts of unkindness and selfishness are the very clouds of darkness that keep us apart. They are indeed my part of your loneliness and despair in the garden.
My Lord and my God, only your great love and my sincere sorrow can wash away my sins and bring me back to the glorious light of your love.
I am truly sorry for my sins, Lord, and will try never to sin again. I ask your forgiveness and pray for your strength.
A PRAYER FOR THE SICK
O Lord Jesus Christ, who during your brief life on earth went about doing good to all men and women, be merciful to me in this my hour of special need.
Divine Healer, your tender heart was ever moved at the sight of pain and affliction. I beg of you, if it be your holy will, to help me regain my strength. Send forth healing to all who suffer, whether in mind or body. Grant to each of us that peace of mind which you alone can give.
Father in heaven, I thank you for all the good things that you have bestowed upon me, especially for the precious gift of life. Thank you for having so loved the world that you sent to us your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our salvation.
Jesus, my saviour and friend, grant to all people the blessings of good health both in mind and body. Help us to do your will in all things. Give us strength to love and heal one another, ever remembering your words, “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me.”
PRAYER IN TIME OF DIFFICULTY
When the trials and temptations of this world press heavily upon my heart, walk beside me and I shall fear no evil.
Have mercy on me, Lord, and hear my prayer.
I desire most sincerely to come closer and closer to you in my daily life especially when I suffer. Give me insight into this mystery of suffering.
PRAYER IN TIME OF CONFUSION
Scripture: John 11-v3. “Lord, the one you love is ill.”
When Martha and Mary sent you this message, they didn’t know what you were going to do, but they simply hoped and trusted. I offer their words as my own prayer, Lord, turning to you and trusting in your love. Lord Jesus, help my unbelief and quiet my fear. Thank you, Jesus!
UPLIFTING SCRIPTURE PASSAGES:
Matthew 11:28-30 Proverbs 3:1-12 Psalm 23
John 12:23-28 James 5:13-16 Psalm 121
Romans 8:14-39 Ephesians 3:14-21 2 Corinthians 4 & 5: 1-6
Psalm 139 Matthew 25:31-46 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10
Psalm 42 John 14:1-27
ACT OF SORROW
For all my sins, I am truly sorry, Lord, because they have separated me from you, who are goodness itself. I love you with all my heart, and with your help, I will try never to sin again. Forgive also my many imperfections, the small and the great, and know that I will continue to trust in your grace, which gives me life and peace, bringing me ever closer to you. Assist me with your strength in my journey toward eternal life, and grant your peace to all who are struggling with the path you have given them.
A PRAYER FOR PEACE
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
May the Blessing of Almighty God, (make the sign of the cross) the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon us all, and remain with us forever. Amen.