St. Dymphna–Patron saint of people suffering from mental and nervous disorders, especially
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Father Gabriel, Myrtle’s priest, provides spiritual guidance and support in her battle
against depression. “Prayer is armour!” as Dr. Wedgwood tells her. Prayer is most
simply defined as talking to or communicating with God. Prayer exists outside of
religion and is the thing that develops one’s spiritual life and unites people spiritually
regardless of differences in faith and beliefs. Prayer does not necessarily mean
getting down on one’s knees, folding hands and closing the eyes while reciting memorized,
pre-written prayers. Prayer can take the shape of silent meditation, singing, informal
conversation, creation of art and literature, meditation with rosaries and prayer
beads and many other forms. Here are a few of Father Gabriel’s favourite prayers
and his favourite saint, Dymphna of Ireland!
The Lord’s Prayer
This is my favourite prayer. If you don’t know how or what to pray, just pray the
Lord’s prayer! In Matthew 6: 8-13, it’s the prayer that Jesus teaches us how to
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, and deliver us from evil. Amen.
Prayer Enlisting the Help of Michael the Archangel
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness
and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast
into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the
ruin of souls. Amen.
Myrtle’s Rock-Bottom Prayer
Dear Lord, I hate this day. I hate my life. I hate everything. I hate myself.
I am so miserable. Please change everything. Please. I can’t take anymore. I
need a miracle. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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.