No one is immune to difficult times. We all experience them at some point in our lives. When we find ourselves in a tough spot, it is always helpful to pray to one of the saints for help. “To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” (Eph 6:18).
Here are five saints you can pray to for support in difficult situations:
1.) St. Jude: the saint of hope and impossible cases
When you find yourself in a difficult situation, pray to St. Jude for help. He is known as the saint of hope and can provide you with spiritual refreshment when you are enduring what feels like an impossible hardship.
Novena to St. Jude for Desperate Situations
Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.
Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly –
(make your request here)
– and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.
2.) St. Joseph: the patron saint of fathers, family, and difficult situations
It has been said that after the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph is the most powerful saint in Heaven because of his closeness to Our Lord. When you are feeling overwhelmed, pray to Joseph for fatherly guidance and strength. He will help you get through whatever challenge you are facing.
Prayer to St. Joseph to Overcome a Difficult Problem
Oh glorious St. Joseph, thou who hast power to render possible even things which are considered impossible, come to our aid in our present trouble and distress. Take this important and difficult affair under thy particular protection, that it may end happily. (Name your request.)
O dear St. Joseph, we have full confidence in thy intercession. Let it not be said that we would invoke thee in vain; and since thou art so powerful with Jesus and Mary. show that thy goodness equals thy power. Amen. St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.
3.) St. Michael the Archangel: the patron saint of protection and strength in battle
When you are feeling scared or alone, pray to St. Michael for protection and strength. He is the patron saint of protection and can help you overcome any danger. He will also give you the fortitude you need to stay strong in times of spiritual conflict and temptation.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
4.) St. Padre Pio: the patron saint of miracles, healing, and suffering
St. Padre Pio is known as the patron saint of miracles, healing, and suffering. If you are going through a difficult time, pray to him for help. He can provide you with the miracle you need to get through your tough situation. He can also help you heal from any pain you are feeling, if it is God’s Will.
Prayer to St. Padre Pio in Times of Worry
Padre Pio, obtain for me from the Lord the help I need to be free from anxiety, free from fear, and free from worry. I thank you that in my distress and anxiousness I can call to you and you will answer. Padre Pio, do not let the anxiety and worry overwhelm the good. Let love overcome hate and good be victorious over evil, in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
5.) St. Rita: the patron saint of hopeless causes and impossible situations
If you are feeling hopeless and your situation seems impossible, pray to St. Rita for help. She is the patron saint of hopeless causes and can give you the strength to keep fighting even when things seem bleak. She will also intercede for you in Heaven so that you may receive the help you need.
Prayer to St. Rita for Hope in an Impossible Case
O glorious St. Rita, your pleadings before the divine crucifix have been known to grant favors that many would call impossible. Lovely St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so devoted in your love for thy crucified Jesus, speak on my behalf for my petition which seems so impossible from my humble position. (Here mention your request). Be propitious, O glorious St. Rita, to my petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy supplicant. Be lavish to me, as thou has been in so many wonderful cases for the greater glory of God. I promise, dear St. Rita, if my petition is granted, to glorify thee, by making known thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus I pray. Amen.
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