The Insanity Of This One Prayer Was What I Needed To Heal From Divorce
If there’s one big lesson I learned during the years I was trying to recover from my divorce, it’s definitely that the world has a very different idea of how to heal those wounds than what will actually heal them.
I had been working hard to repair my life for several years and was having a lot of trouble trying to move past the pain. I had tried dating and at one point had gotten into a relationship because I had been told repeatedly that once I had someone new to focus on I would forget about the pain. But in the end, I only felt more hurt, and definitely did not experience any healing.
So to avoid insanity—you know, doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results—I decided to take a different approach and look at healing from a completely spiritual perspective. A friend of mine referred me to a priest, Father Peter, for spiritual direction, and wow, was I in for a surprise.
Each time we met, Father Peter gave me homework to complete before our next meeting. But, his request to complete my homework on one particular occasion brought everything to a screeching halt for me. He asked me to learn a specific prayer and pray it every day, but it was definitely a tough one to obey. Why in the world would he ask me to pray a ridiculous prayer like the Litany of Humility?
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