Prayers for Mental Health

Catholic Prayers for Mental Health

Maintaining mental health and wellbeing can benefit greatly from prayer. Many people discover that prayer enables them to cope with challenging circumstances and emotions, feel connected to something bigger than themselves, and discover meaning and purpose in life.

When under stress or experiencing worry, prayer can bring about a sense of tranquilly and peace. Stress and anxiety levels can be lowered by letting go of our worries and anxieties in prayer and giving them to God. When we are feeling overburdened or upset, prayer can also assist us to centre ourselves and gain perspective.

Prayer may also be a source of solace and strength, particularly during trying times. When we pray, we can ask God for help and inspiration and take solace in the knowledge that we are not alone. When we are dealing with challenging emotions or circumstances, prayer may also help us discover hope and healing.

Prayer can also be a way to express gratitude and to find joy in life. When we pray, we can thank God for the blessings and gifts that we have received, which can help us to cultivate a sense of gratitude and to find joy in the present moment.

There are many various methods to pray, so it's critical to discover one that is effective for you. Some people discover that formal, structured prayers, like the Divine Office or the Rosary, are beneficial for preserving mental health. Others discover that more casual, impromptu prayer is more effective for them. It's crucial to try many approaches until you discover one that feels genuine and significant to you.

In times of need, prayer may be a source of solace, support, and healing. It can also be a potent tool for sustaining excellent mental health and wellbeing. Prayer may be a helpful component of your mental health routine, regardless of whether you are dealing with challenging circumstances or are just looking for calm and perspective.

Listed below are a few Catholic prayers that may be beneficial for preserving psychological well-being and health:

The Lord's Prayer

"Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen."

The Hail Mary

"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen."

The Serenity Prayer

 "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

The Anima Christi

 "Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O good Jesus, hear me; within your wounds, hide me; let me never be separated from you; from the wicked foe, defend me; at the hour of my death, call me; and bid me come to you; that with your saints I may praise you forever and ever. Amen."

The Memorare

"Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen."

Psalm 23

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

Isaiah 41:10

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Philippians 4:6-7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

 

Several saints' petitions for Catholics' mental health are included below:

St. Dymphna's Prayer for Mental Health

"Saint Dymphna, great martyr of charity, today I ask you to intercede for me and all those who suffer from mental and emotional illness. I pray for healing and peace of mind, and the grace to accept whatever cross the Lord has given me. Help me to trust in God's love and mercy, and to find comfort in the knowledge that I am never alone. Amen."

St. Padre Pio's Prayer for Inner Peace

"Lord, grant me the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will. So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen."

St. Francis de Sales' Prayer for Patience and Trust

 "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen."

St. Clare of Assisi's Prayer for Inner Strength

"Almighty and eternal God, who gave Saint Clare such strength of spirit that, despising the world, she was able to follow You alone, grant that through her intercession, we too may be so inflamed with love for You, that we may be able to overcome all obstacles that keep us from loving You with our whole heart. Amen."

St. Therese of Lisieux's Prayer for Trust and Abandonment

"O my God, I put my trust in You, I abandon myself to You. I give You my entire self, Lord, I give You my life, my heart, my soul. I put all my trust in You. I love You, Lord, my only good. I love You with my whole heart. I love You with my entire soul. I love You with all my strength. I love You with all my mind. I love You with all my heart. I love You, my God, with all that I am, and all that I have. I give myself to You, Lord, I give myself to You. Take me, Lord, use me as You will. I give myself to You, Lord, and I will do so forever."

St. Ignatius of Loyola's Prayer for Discernment

"Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve You as You deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward save that of knowing that I am doing Your will."

St. Teresa of Avila's Prayer for Inner Strength

"Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices."

St. John of the Cross's Prayer for Mental Clarity

"O Lord, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out Your holy and true command."

St. John Paul II's Prayer for Healing

"Lord Jesus, heal my wounds, heal my heart and make me whole. You are the Divine Physician, and You alone can heal the wounds of sin and suffering. Come into my life and heal me, body, mind and soul. I trust in You and I believe in Your power to heal. Amen."

St. Faustina's Prayer for Mercy

 "Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

Pray this prayer to St. Brigid of Ireland

Saint Brigid.
You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious, and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us.
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit.

 

Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila that can calm your nerves

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

 

Place your cares in the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Heart of Mary, Mother of God, our Mother, Heart most like the Heart of Jesus, ever compassionate towards our miseries,—thaw our icy hearts, and change them to the likeness of the Heart of Jesus. Be the road leading to Jesus; be the channel whereby we receive all graces needful for our salvation.

Be our help in need, our comfort in trouble, our strength in temptation, our refuge in persecution, our aid in dangers; but most in the last struggle of our life, at the moment of our death.

How great is the sweetness of your Mother’s Heart, and the power of your might with Jesus’ Heart, opening to us in the very fount of mercy itself a safe refuge, that so one day we too may join with you in paradise in praising Jesus’ Heart for ever and for ever. Amen.

 

When suffering from anxious and fearful thoughts, pray this.

O Lord my God, be not far from me. O my God, hasten to help me, for varied thoughts and great fears have risen up within me, afflicting my soul. How shall I escape them unharmed? How shall I dispel them?

“I will go before you,” says the Lord, “and will humble the great ones of earth. I will open the doors of the prison, and will reveal to you hidden secrets.”

Do as You say, Lord, and let all evil thoughts fly from Your face. This is my hope and my only comfort—to fly to You in all tribulation, to confide in You, and to call on You from the depths of my heart and to await patiently for Your consolation.

 

Fearful about the future?

My Lord and my God: into your hands I abandon the past and the present and the future, what is small and what is great, what amounts to a little and what amounts to a lot, things temporal and things eternal.

Prayer for a peaceful sleep that gives you strength in the morning.

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. Lord Jesus receive my soul. Receive my soul, dear Jesus, into your holy keeping. Preserve it from all imaginings that may be displeasing to you. Grant that I may awaken in the morning refreshed, purified and strengthened—able and willing to labor to advance my own salvation and your merciful intentions in regard to myself, to others, and to you. Amen.

A little note...

It's crucial to keep in mind that while these prayers may provide consolation and direction, they shouldn't be used in place of seeking professional assistance. A healthcare professional should always be consulted if you are experiencing mental health problems.