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My Top 5 Prayers for Scrupulosity

One of the big struggles that comes with OCD that manifests in scrupulosity is prayer. When I was first diagnosed a few years ago, prayer was so difficult. I wanted a prayer that would cure me- a holy card I could stick in my purse and grab when I needed it. I wanted to pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet without adding extra prayers on the last Hail Mary bead in case the ones previous “didn’t count”. I wanted to not feel guilty for leaving prayer “early” or for only making a short visit to the Blessed Sacrament. There were so many worries that consumed me when it came to my prayer life that OCD made worse. I was too ashamed to share my concerns and difficulties with my spiritual director and therapist. I wish that I had, because it would have helped me immensely. I couldn’t carry that burden on my own, which was the point of their help. But I was stubborn and stuck to what was more comfortable to discuss.


OCD can come in waves. It does for me. When I feel like it’s gotten to the point of a tsunami, prayer can be especially hard. I often feel that if I don’t pray “perfectly”, then there is no point in me praying at all. But that is what the enemy wants. Not God. God wants our prayers, even if they aren’t perfect.


The important thing for me to remember is that God wants to hear from me. He knows I might not be as eloquent as I would like, and that’s okay with Him. He knows that talking with Him when my OCD is bad is so difficult for me, and I am confident that it makes my prayer all the sweeter to His Fatherly ears.


Sometimes, though, I really just need to do one thing that is easy and can be done quickly so I’m not as bogged down by obsessions and compulsions. When I do feel like I’m drowning in obsessions, compulsions, and scruples of various kinds, these are some of the prayers, or prayer practices, I turn to.


1. Holy Communion. Often people with OCD that manifests in scrupulosity have a hard time receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. I GET IT, friends, I really do. But nothing heals like Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity dwelling inside you, even if you don’t feel it.


2. The Divine Mercy Chaplet. The Divine Mercy message was one of the first things I turned to when I realized my scruples had gotten out of hand, but before I realized I probably had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I try and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily, and asking for mercy helps me a lot.


3. The Rosary. I am learning to love the Rosary more, and praying it with someone helps me avoid saying extra Hail Mary’s in case some of them “didn’t count”.


4. This letter from St. Therese. A friend sent this to me a while back after I had told her about my struggles, and reading it has helped me so much. I need to print it to keep in my journal for prayer. I love this excerpt in particular:


“Yes, your poor little Thérèse does know; I tell you that she understands it all, and she assures you that you can go without any fear to receive your only true Friend . . . . She, too, has passed through the martyrdom of scruples […]”


5. Just tell God how hard it is. He knows, friends, He does. This plan is for His glory, and He wants to hear from your heart about how it is hurting.

I wish I could tell you that there is a prayer you can pray that is 100% effective in defeating scrupulosity. But the truth is that we can’t “pray away” our problems and mental illnesses, no matter how much we might want to, or wish we could. And a cross like scrupulosity would be so nice to pray away. But you’ve got this. If you suffer from scrupulosity, I’m with you. I see you. It SUCKS. Hopefully these prayers can help you.


Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me what prayers you like for when you feel scrupulous!

If you know someone struggling with scrupulosity, consider sending them this article. You never know what could help someone.

I am praying for you all.

St. Therese, pray for us.

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Jacques Chauvin
Jacques Chauvin
Apr 08, 2023

Hello this really rings true for me and the letter of St Thérèse helps also. The fear of doing sacrilegious communions and confession without true contrition

and worrying about committing mortal sins, and constant self condemnation and the fear that I think the devil put in me, leaves me in a state of hopelessness and despair. Thanks for sharing this, I know it will be a struggle but it gives me hope.

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Jacques Chauvin
Jacques Chauvin
Apr 08, 2023
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Thanks for this beautiful response. I will continue to persevere and I will stay in touch with you. Aurore. Jesus be wit us

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Aurore Lambert
Aurore Lambert
Mar 28, 2023

Thank you so much for writing about your struggles. This is brave and you are helping others. God bless you ❤️

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Jacques Chauvin
Jacques Chauvin
Jul 25, 2023
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Hello Aurore and everyone else.

I am holding on here and there have been, thank God some good moments of consolation, but then pain again. One of hardest things has been the damage done in my friendships. When I went through the worst of pain and suffering, (was also dealing with a physical handicap which is still did) and I felt like I was descending to the pit, I was so distraught that I cried out for just a voice saying it’s okay, God Loves you still, you will get through this, I overwhelmed my closest friend and my brother now it feels like it will never be the same, I was selfish and I admit in panic mode. I…

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Ed Czarcinski
Ed Czarcinski
Aug 28, 2021

Thank you for this helpful article.

May God help all who struggle .

His mercy endures forever!

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