Struggling with Sin? Invoke These Saints!

If you’re struggling with sin and temptations are half-killing you. You might think that all seems lost but it is not. Maybe have a word with one of the following Saints in prayer, and asking for a little help wouldn’t be bad.

St. Margaret of Cortona

Formerly a mistress and a rather loose woman, St. Margaret is now known as being a humble penitent of the Third Order of St. Francis. She struggled with all kinds of sexual sin and temptation during her life but turned that strife into a newfound love for the poor. If you are the kind of person who struggles in a similar way, perhaps a quick prayer to St. Margeret might be in order.

St. Anthony the Great

This Saint endured lots of Temptations. St. Anthony the Great can be considered to be the patron saint of those who struggle with sin and temptation of any kind. Indeed, a simple reading of his Vita by none other than St. Athanasius is enough to inspire a Christian for a lifetime.

St. Faustina

There are few saints in the Catholic world that could ever be of more benefit to a Christian reader’s soul than. St. Faustina. A simple picking up and reading or even a few lines from her famous Diary is often enough to dispel the darkness of despair over sin and feeling unworthy of the mercy of God.

 St. John Vianney

In many ways the model priest, St. John Vianney inflicted penances on himself for the sake of his flock, waged a prayerful war against the demonic nightly. He would spend almost entire days simply hearing the confessions of sinners. He is, in many respects, the ultimate choice for a patron when one needs a good and holy man to pray on their behalf.

 St. Catherine of Siena

What is more inspiring about this wonderful saint and Doctor of the Church is the story about her visits with a young man convicted of a serious crime and sentenced to die. From the tale, she did not leave the young man’s side until she had awakened within him a perfectly contrite heart and won his soul over to Christ. She went with him to his beheading, encouraging him the entire way, and assuring him of the heaven that he was about to enter. According to her letter concerning the event, she even held his head in her hands as it was severed from his body, and witnessed his soul ascend to glory. She was with him to the end, and this, speaks of a true patron for us sinners.

St. Catherine of Genoa

This saint violently experienced Purgatory and the sufferings there. St. Catherine who suffered from depression, and an unhappy marriage, became one of the greatest mystical saints of all time. She devoted her life to caring for the sick and poor, had mystical experiences that were so famous that they became central to a study by William James in his The Varieties of Religious Experience, and became a patron of those suffering from sinful temptations.

 St. Isaac the Syrian

St. Isaac the Syrian was an exceedingly holy and richly-spiritual monk. His writings focus on the need for the gift of tears and repentance, It also, emphasize so very strongly the love and mercy of God that few have been able to touch. His homilies and writings will comfort any soul afflicted with sin.

St. Patrick of Ireland

It might seem off to pick St. Patrick for this list, but if one reads his not-famous-enough writing, the Confession, one will see why He is. He calls himself the worst of the worst, unworthy, a coward, and a borderline imbecile, and yet he was still called by God to serve Him by almost single-handedly converting an entire country to the faith of Christ. He struggled vehemently with all kinds of temptation, doubt, and hardship, and yet pulled through.

The Blessed Virgin Mary

We can not forget the  Refuge of Sinners herself – the one whom it was never known that a sinner, no matter how wretched was turned away from. Yes, She is our Savior’s Mother. Sometimes, when the going gets tough, and we become bogged down in all kinds of hell and sin and depravity, not only is Jesus there to pick us up, but if we are too afraid to ask Him, sweet Mary will lead us to Him by the hand and help us back up to our feet again through her prayers.

However, Saints are not born, they are made because most saints were at one time sinners and many were made of very rough materials indeed.

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