Help me. Please.

I have allready posted a similar thread but being new I think I have placed it under the wrong heading. Anyway, I am returning to Christ and a having some difficulties. It seemes to be all or nothing. If I am praying, going to church and giving my all to resist the temptations of sin and indulgences I feel as if I am at peace. But if I get distracted , even by little things as work, family issues etc… Things fall by the wayside and the devil regains his hold, prayer is put on the back burner and my spiritual life becomes second. I hear and feel a very strong calling to Jesus and His Mother, as if they have important work for me to do in there name. I feel that the devil does not want me to fulfill this destiny and is fighting for me with all his might. This may sound crazy, but he has even taken to attacking me while I sleep. I beleive he is loosing his grip and is giving one strong and final battle for my soul. I am guided by Padre Pio and he helps me during the conflicts but I need more help. So I am asking for both advice and prayers. Thank you William Sweeney

I would suggest you get a a spiritual director–preferably a good orthodox holy priest–see him once a week–

I concur with marineboy, Find a good orthodox priest to help guide you through these difficult times.

I would like to add that there is also strength in numbers. Does your church have any kind of weekly prayer groups, bible study, or some other kind of public ministry that you can get involved in? Being involved in several public ministries in my Church has tremendously helped develop my spirituality.I’m an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a member of the Outreach Ministry, member of the Knights of Columbus, will be running our future Apologetics Ministry, and I’m considering becoming a leader in our Youth Ministry (of course you don’t need to be as active as me :wink: )

Also, don’t be discouraged when you get distracted and things fall by the wayside. Spirituality is not a light switch you can just flip on or off. It’s a process. It’ll take time. As you have already said, you believe Satan is losing his grip on you. Persevere and soon Satan will lose his grip on you completely.

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Allthough I consider myself a very spiritual person and a devout Catholic, I still need to go to confession every week. No matter how hard I try not to, I still manage to commit at least one mortal sin every week. But I don’t let that get me discouraged. I go to confession, ask for forgiveness, and every week when I walk out of that confessional I feel stronger than I did walking out the week before. I know I’ll never be able to completely rid myself of sin, but I persevere and know that one day I’ll be able to go 2 weeks before needing confession again. My point is that my own spirituality is a journey, and It’ll take time before I reach the goal. The same holds true for you… Persevere!

Rich, Thank you, It is funny how you came back to mention “confessions”. I know that a good confession is what I need most at this point. I have been directed to give my confession on countless occasions just over the past few weeks. Yes, I belong to a prayer group, and that helps. I also have a spiritual director but do not use him as much as I should. Thankyou and everyone else for there comments and advice.

Bill,

Yes, the Sacrament of Confession is what is best for you to do–followed by the Holy Eucharist. Pray to the Holy Spirit to make a good confession. Don’t delay. If you have a Perpetual Adoration in your parish, go visit the Lord!

God bless!

Pio

[quote=hlgomez]Bill,

Yes, the Sacrament of Confession is what is best for you to do–followed by the Holy Eucharist. Pray to the Holy Spirit to make a good confession. Don’t delay. If you have a Perpetual Adoration in your parish, go visit the Lord!

God bless!

Pio
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Amen! Adoration had a very powerful impact on my journey back to the Lord.

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