It’s Sunday, and it being the day most of the Christian world observes the Sabbath, it’s a good time to pray for something. With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I should focus on ghosts and creatures of the night. We shall give prayers for the dead.
Every time I drive pass a cemetery, I say a short prayer, “May you all rest in peace. In Christ’s Name I pray. Amen.” I respect the dead. They lived their lives and faced some of men’s greatest fear: death, and everyone deserves peace when they journey onto the next phase of life.
I also pray for my demons.
We all have demons we face that we cannot see because they are inside us. Our own voice often has a darkness that is designed to keep us in failure mode. Voices of the night are things like insecurity, hatred, fear, and keeping us ignorant to the things we don’t understand. Sometimes, when the darkness overwhelms us, we tend to do things like be irrational, cry, hysterical psychosis, avoidance… We tend to run away from our problems instead of facing them.
“Dear Lord, give us the courage to face our demons, the clarity to give us strategy, the strength and endurance to overcome what we can, and the wisdom to send the rest your way to overcome. Give us peace to know that everything is going to be all right. Please shed your light on all the darkness within us so that we may finally be able to see ourselves. May we all strive to do your Will. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.”
There are demons and dark entities who haunt the earth, but don’t be afraid of them. They too are haunted by their own demons: the burden of their sins that took them. Surrounded by shadows of hopelessness, these beings only know suffering anymore, and misery loves company. Before you break out the Holy Water on them, remember they could be anyone you love. But before you get all teary eyed for them, remember, they will screw you over in a heartbeat.
“Dear Lord, please protect us from evil and the effects of those who have been swallowed by the darkness. Protect us, protect our families, and protect those we love. Give our guardian angels the strength they need to wield their swords, the endurance they need; may they not feel any pain, and may they do your will. But also, shed light on the darkness within the dark entities so that they may finally see themselves for who they truly are. Peace will teach them better than punishment, so I ask that they may find peace. That they may conquer their own demons and the burden of their own sins. That they know they are loved, and they find hope again as love always hopes. Let their little light within them shine brighter and brighter as they discover You, and may that shine break up the darkness with which they covered their light. May they do Your Will, despite their intentions. May the battle between good and evil not be between angels and demons with fiery swords on the battleground, but within the heart of every angel and demon so that there will truly be peace. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.”
And all you mothers out there losing sleep because your child is afraid of the monster that lurks under his bed… “May you grab that pile of dirty laundry and wash it with fierce courage and determination. May you find the week old sippy cup and throw it out. May the swiffer capture all the dust bunnies and leave none free to rebel. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.”
I know my prayers are “out there,” so if you are looking for more conservative prayers for the dead, just know there are many Catholic sources that offer such things.