Crisis of Faith?

Hello all, I am currently going through many struggles. I think many of the wounds I’ve built up over my 22.5 years of life and also many other struggles of mine such as same-sex attraction and hating myself, having a toxic family, etc. are all kind of erupting within me at the same time. I am overwhelmed. My … despair … I guess you can say that I experienced this past weekend moved me to the point of signing up for counseling this past Monday. All I could think to myself was “I need help.” I am spent. I have been fighting, trying to overcome so many struggles for so long, especially with same-sex attraction - getting up time and time again - going to confession weekly or biweekly for years. The temptation to just give into the “gay lifestyle” (which I’ve never done before) is terribly strong. I am so discouraged. I go to Mass almost everyday and say the rosary daily. I’m trying to hold on, but I simply feel too broken. Please pray for me. I’m taking all of this into counseling tomorrow which hopefully will do me some benefit.

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Hail Mary,
Full of grace,
The Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art Thou amongst 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 death,
Amen
:pray:

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Praying to the Holy Spirit to give you guidance, direction, strength, fortitude & wisdom in your time of need.

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Thank you so very much for you comforting words of encouragement. I have been in a better place this evening after talking to a friend. I’ve held all of this to myself for my whole life, basically, and it’s time I allowed some Simons to help me carry these crosses. Thank you again. May God bless you! :slight_smile:

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God be with you! I hope u find peace and happiness in the midst of this Cross with ppl to help u. Ive had so many problems in life i truly understand feeling hopeless and most definately despair. Glad u have a good friend to talk to. :heart:

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I’m praying for you. May God assist you in your walk of holiness.

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Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense 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 thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen.

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.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

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Jesus You know all that SonofJoseph endures in coping daily with his difficulties.
Please hold him deep in Your heart, and bless him with all the spiritual and the temporal graces he needs.

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Thank you so much for being lights of Christ for me during this time. First day of counseling was a success, it’s the first major step. I can’t shake this feeling that God is simply working through all of this to turn all of it into something beautiful; there are great things ahead!

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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.

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 death.
Amen.

Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle,
be our defense 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 thrust into Hell Satan and all the other
evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.
Amen.

St. Thérèse of Liseux Prayer From “Story of A Soul”
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Amen.

Lord, thank you that you are with me right now.
Your love surpasses all fear.
I give you the anxiety I feel.
I surrender all my worries to you.
Clear my mind;
Calm my heart;
Still my Spirit;
Relax my being, that, I may
always glorify you in everything
I write, speak and do.
Amen.

Jesus, Help Me
Thank You, dear Lord Jesus.
Amen.

Prayers said. All will be well. Do not fear, the Lord is protecting you.
Do not be lonely, your guardian angel is beside you.
Be comforted, Mother will watch over you, and the
Holy Spirit will guide you.
Amen.

Prayer Against Depression
By St Ignatius of Loyola
O Christ Jesus
When all is darkness
And we feel our weakness and helplessness,
Give us the sense of Your Presence,
Your Love and Your Strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
In Your protecting love
And strengthening power,
So that nothing may frighten or worry us,
For, living close to You,
We shall see Your Hand,
Your Purpose, Your Will through all things.
Amen.


Let Nothing Disturb You
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.
Amen.

My Jesus,
I believe that You are
present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and
I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive
You sacramentally, come at least spiritually
into my heart. I embrace You
as if You were already there and
unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated
from You.
Amen.

Thank You dear Lord Jesus, always and
everywhere, for everything.
Amen.

Jesus, I trust in You.
Amen.
:heart:

Pier

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Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense 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 thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen.

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.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

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My advice would be to have patience, and take it one step at a time. It’s too much to handle all at once. I’ve experienced same sex attractions(primarily) too. It’s not like you are required to get rid of them. You can, however, probably find some relief from them, by dealing with motivating phsycological factors, social problems, emotional issues, ect. that are behind them. If you work on those, they should weaken at least, and you can identify triggers, and learn to deal with them better.

If you are having struggles with porn or masturbation, focus on stopping those habbits first. Overcoming sexual addictions like that help you get into a better mindset and perspective, and so same sex attractions are less of an issue, cause your passions aren’t as strong and controlling. Stopping those habbits is the priority, worrying about your feelings is a secondary thing.

Sexual temptations of any kind can be an easy trick for numbing and avoiding lifes pains and problems. Sometimes they are not the problem so much, but rather just a way to avoid problems. So I wouldn’t try to focus your mental energy ON them, especially because its a passive effort, its just about NOT doing sexually immoral things, better to take the active focus off of it, and on to other things. The trick is to face your problems head on. I know, easier said than done. Man they are difficult, and can be excruciatingly painful(emotionally), but its better to live fully.

I’m in a better place than I was, but man, the problems never stop coming, there’s always something painful happening. I will pray for you. Know you are not alone.

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Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense 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 thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen.

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.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

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Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense 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 thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen.

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.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

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Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense 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 thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen.

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.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

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Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense 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 thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen.

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.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense 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 thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen.

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.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense 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 thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

Amen.

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.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Thank you all again for your prayers. I’ve slowly been moving into a more healthy relationship with God over these past days. Rather than essentially making an idol out of my own sin and repeated failures, I am finally learning that in a certain sense, none of that matters. Despite all of my efforts, I continue to fall into them, and I know that God only permits us to fall in order to humble us. And I think I’m barely beginning to truly understand that. In the midst of all of this, it’s a beautiful grace to be told like Paul was “My grace is sufficient for you. My power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). I finally feel in my heart that His grace is enough for me. And I can be content in my failures. Guys, even though I’ve been taking my faith seriously these past three years, I’m only JUST beginning to understand God as truly loving as so many people say He is. I hear so often that “God loves us unconditionally” and so on, but I don’t think we really can begin to grasp that until we experience it. And we can’t force it to happen either; it is all a gift. Every single thing. So God, you may not take all of my faults away immediately, no matter how I want them to be gone at times, but I can see you working even though them. It truly glorifies You. Thank you, God. And, again, thank you all for the prayers; I always like to tell people when their prayers bear fruit :slight_smile:

For your soul…
Our Father, Hail Mary x10. Glory Be, Fatima, Amen!

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