Help My Hurting Heart

Consider Lent a time for tending wounds.

Consider Holy Week a container for your pain, your heartbreak, your disappointment, your anxiety, your grief.

crucifixionConsider these days a time of special communion, in which you walk with Jesus.

Your prayers this week can be simple:

  • “God, help my hurting heart.”
  • “Lord, take all that’s unresolved in my life and please hold it tenderly, watchfully.”
  • “Jesus, how can I be a friend to you when others run away?”
  • “Christ, how can I help you carry this awful cross?”
  • “Lord, what does it feel like to say, ‘Not my will, but yours be done’? How did you pray that?”
  • “God of the universe, help me see, in Jesus’ suffering, the suffering of people all around me who need my love.”
  • “Mary, I’m so sorry that you had to witness all that happened to your son. I wish I could have been there to hold you and cry with you.”
  • “Jesus, help me watch with you, even if it’s just for a little while.”

Pray from the place in you that is honest and full of longing.

Pray with your own words. Pray with images, objects, settings that mean something to you.

Just, pray.


This post is a part of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure, Week 7.

About Vinita Hampton Wright 139 Articles

Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

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