Marc, I don’t know what hard times you are going through, but I will definitely be praying for you.
Remember that when you pray to Mary, she also prays for you as your advocate.
In hard times I like to meditate on John chapter 9. Sometimes hardships are there so “that the works of God might be made manifest” in them.
Also, my favorite bible passage is Matthew 6:26-34. It reminds us of how important we are to God, and that we are not to worry.
Lastly, sometimes when we are going through hard times, a shift in perspective can help us to see things from a different angle and possibly realize that our hard times are only hard because of the hardness of our hearts.
I try to start every day with the prayer of St. Francis. This prayer helps me to start my day open to being God’s “instrument” for his will. I try to focus on each line of the prayer and how it relates to something going on in my life, or a challenge that I may face that day.
I often times end the prayer with the understanding that most of my “problems” and “upsets” are self imposed as a result of me seeking to elevate my interests above God’s interests.
When I try to align myself with God’s will and offer up any sufferings I experience, I find that my days are filled with much joy and peace, and hardships become so much more bearable, and sometimes not even hardships at all.
In case you don’t know the prayer, I will post it below:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
Hopefully this all is of some help to you and can help get you through your hard times