Advice on overcoming scruples

I’ve struggled with scruples on and off since I’ve been catholic, which is about 5 years. It’s only certain issues I’ll struggle with. Most of the time I’m fairly certain it’s on issues that aren’t sins but for some reason I’ll start a never ending internal dialogue with myself on why it is or isn’t mortal sin. I would then consistently go to different priests to get advice because I would think the priest was too liberal or being too easy on me or was misinformed.

I’ve recently started getting help from just one priest and asking him for advice on what is or isn’t sin. This has helped a lot. However sometimes it can still be hard not to doubt him. I sometimes wonder if I should confess the things that he says aren’t sins just to be safe. However I know I should be obedient to him unless he directly says something that contradicts church teaching.

With all that said, what is some things you guys have done to overcome scruples? I’m just looking for prayers, saints, teachings, or anything that has helped anyone.

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Do not doubt your confessor and continue just with him. Do whatever he suggests, and not what people on the internet will tell you.

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Keep working at it :slight_smile: Jesus loves you. Remember that gentleness is a very powerful virtue for somebody trying to tame scruples.

Peace.

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In general, stick to one confessor, trust him even when you don’t understand, and don’t ask questions about your personal sins (or perceived sins) online.

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Also, my confessor who I have confided in over my scrupulous issues has pointed me toward St. Alphonsus Liguori, who was THE guy for dealing with scrupulosity. Read his works and pray with him. He also pointed me to the Litany of the Sacred Heart.

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Here is another good read: ON SCRUPULOSITY

Here is the Litany of the Sacred Heart

Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, obedient to death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and our reconciliation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart. R. Make our hearts like to Thine.
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You have to stay obedient to your confessor. Don’t confess what you’re told is not a sin.

I struggle with scruples. I have a spiritual director priest and he helps a lot.

Be gentle with yourself and focus on Gods love and mercy

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Yes…

Maybe everyone on CAF needs to go get checked for OCD. :slight_smile:

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