17 thoughts on “Feast of Saint Andrew”

  1. When you say the short prayer 15 times, should you also list your petitions each and every time or just the first time through?

  2. Haha. Mike, you’re looking for a novena loophole? I had the same thought, but recalled the Advent embrace of suffering. Pray, even if it hurts.

  3. Don’t give up! St Monica prayed for Augustine for more than 17 years and finally her prayers were answered. God wants to see how much you’re willing to give.

  4. St. Augustine didn’t have severe OCD for 28 years and counting. Nor did his mom. Plus, God cared about them. Obviously Augustine had a glorious purpose. I haven’t worked in 10 years and trads seem to think mental illness is always about sin/punishment.

    But I acknowledge miracles happen. So does a lot of suffering

  5. I’m so sorry jmy. Prayers for you in my Rosary tonight. I, am just getting back to work after being sick for 3 years. The greatest help to me this past 6 months or so? Attending the true Mass daily with valid clergy and Sacraments and great Catholic friends. Even though I went to daily Mass with the ICK cannons, my sede chapel is different. Better. Harder, but better. I never met Catholics at the ICK parish like the ones I know now. Perhaps because it’s smaller? But my Catholic “family” has made an impact on me I’ve never experienced, and I couldn’t be happier.

  6. I’m sorry for your troubles, jmy, but remember Monica was an alcoholic in her youth, Augustine was a sex addict. Everyone has their trials and the longer they last the more God loves you and is working in you.

  7. Look into tapping therapy / EFT (emotional freedom therapy). I don’t want to minimise your problem but this is even effective for those with severe PTSD after exposure to war zones. Helped me greatly with panic attacks and stress. Some try to say it is new agey but there is nothing spiritual about it at all. It is perhaps a bit like CBT and accupressure. God bless you

  8. If God seems slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for His greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart.
    — St. Augustine

  9. Jmy-
    Everything that has being comes
    from God. Nothing, therefore, that
    happens to us-trouble or temptation or injury or torment or slander or anything else that could possibly happen to us —can or will disturb us. Rather, we are content and hold these things in reverence, reflecting that they come from God and are given to us as good favors,
    not out of hatred but out of love-
    St Catherine of Siena

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