I am 23 years… I really need your help and guidance for praying the rosary. I pray but it’s not on daily basis but whenever I pray I find obstacles in prayers. I get different thoughts accompanied with it which really hurts me. Please help.
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MHFM: Are you committing mortal sin?
Yes. I have also tried to resist it but I fail. Please tell me how I can resist from committing mortal sin. I cannot confess my sins to priest here because all of them here are invalid. Please help me.
MHFM: Your struggle to pray is obviously connected to your commission of mortal sin. You are giving your soul to the Devil.
St. Bruno (c. 1070): “He has a demon within him who persists in any grave sin.”
You need to cut off the occasion of sin. Jesus provided the answer to your question here:
Jesus said: “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” (Matthew 5:29-30)
Thus, if it’s your computer or your phone or your internet access or something else that’s the occasion of your sin, get rid of it. Cut it out of your life. Note: people should be able to use the aforementioned things without a problem, but those who are falling into mortal sin need to get rid of them or drastically change or restrict their use of them (if such things are in fact the occasion of their mortal sin). Mortal sins that are putting multitudes on the path to Hell, and destroying lives, include fornication, looking at pornography, masturbation, giving full consent to impure thoughts, etc. Removing the occasion of your sin from your life is something that you can do. If you don’t do that, you will perish; for, given your current spiritual state, if you continue to put yourself in the occasion that has been connected to your sin you will fall.
Out of sight, out of mind, is a true statement.
Matthew 6:22-23- “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
If you get rid of what’s providing the opportunity for that sin – if you get it out of your sight – you will think about it less frequently or perhaps soon not at all. As a consequence, you should be able to avoid the sin.
Also, you should be praying the Rosary each day and the Hail Mary frequently — soon you should be praying 15 decades each day and the Hail Mary frequently. That’s very important. Further, you should not go to confession until you have changed and you are resolved to not commit the sin anymore. One must have the firm purpose of amendment prior to going to confession.
Moreover, the next time you get into a hot shower, and it’s too hot, and you quickly turn it down because you can’t bear it, think about burning in a scorching lake of fire for all eternity. Think about how you will handle that, because that’s where you are headed unless you change.
Revelation 21:8- “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
How to Pray the Rosary [PDF]
THE HAIL MARY PRAYER
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 our death. Amen.
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and the snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander now throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.