Prayer in Time of Doubt

to Be Still My Soul

Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Sometimes doubt assails me, making me confused and frightened.
I know that this is because we still walk in the shadows of faith while on earth, relying on the testimony of those who have seen and believed.
But I am still aaffected to some extent and somewhat shaken by such doubts. Make me realize that our doubts are the price which we have to pay for the fulfillment of the universe in Christ and the very condition of that fulfillment.
We must be prepared to press on to the end along a road on which each step makes us more certain, toward horizons that are ever more shrouded in mists.
All the while we bring forth fruits worthy of our new life such as charity, joy, and service of others. In so doing, we ourselves become for others living signs of the power of Christ's resurrection which the Holy Spirit sets in motion in the Church. Amen.

Mother Mary, I commend and entrust to you all that goes to make up earthly progress, asking that it should not be one-sided, but that it should create conditions for the full spiritual advancement of individuals, families, communities, and nations. I commend to you the unborn, the poor, the suffering, the sick and the handicapped, the aging, and the dying. I ask you to reconcile those in sin, to heal those in pain, and to uplift those who have lost their hope and joy. Show to those who struggle in doubt the light of Christ your Son. Amen.

A Novena for Peace of Mind

O Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You, hoping for all things from Your goodness. You make a root flourish beneath the soil and You can make fruitful the darkness in which I find myself today. I adore You in all Your purposes even without knowing them; Your will be done, not mine. May I be patient! It is so difficult to realize that these trials, heartbreaking as they are, can be turned into blessings. Lord give me peace of mind, peace of heart, and peace of soul, as I offer You my thoughts, my words, and my actions, and yes, Lord, my sufferings. May they all be for Your greater glory. Amen.

Lord Jesus, Give Me Your Peace.

Give me confidence in the depths of danger.
Give me hope when I am surrounded by fear.
Still my worries, calm the anxieties pressing in on me from the world I live in.
Lord Jesus, give me Your peace.

Reassure me that You are with me when I seem alone.
Ease my doubting, as You did Thomas's.
Lord Jesus, give me Your peace.

Guide my searching for peace,
so that I may not seek it where it is not to be found,
but I may seek it in You.
Lord Jesus, live in me and give me Your peace. Amen.

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Being Catholic Today: Faith, Doubt and Everyday Life The Healing Power of Faith : How Belief and Prayer Can Help You Triumph Over Disease Mass in Time of Doubt:
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Comfort for the Losses in Life: How the God of All Comfort
Will Meet You in Your Grief, Doubt,
Disappointment, Confusion, Loneliness

A Pastor's Challenge: Parish Leadership in an
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