Lent is derived from an old English word meaning “spring”. As we journey towards Easter, it’s an occasion for taking stock of one’s life and making new beginnings, as well as being a time for prayer and penance.
Here’s a good prayer for Lent and indeed for all times by Fr Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist of the Diocese of Rome.
“Lord Jesus, you came to heal our wounded hearts. I beg you to heal the torments that cause anxiety in my heart. I beg you, in a particular way, to heal all who are the cause of sin. I beg you to come into my life and heal me of the psychological harms that struck me in my early years and from the injuries that they caused throughout my life.
“Lord Jesus, you know my burdens. I lay them all on your Good Shepherd’s Heart. I beseech you – by the merits of the great, open wound in your heart – to heal the small wounds that are mine. Heal the pain of my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety.
“Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of all the evil that is rooted in my life. I want to forgive all those who have offended me. Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive. You who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my own heart.
“Heal, my Lord Jesus, those intimate wounds that cause me physical illness. I offer you my heart. Accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of Your Divine Heart. Help me to be meek and humble.
“Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones, which is oppressing me. grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that you are the Resurrection and the life. Make me an authentic witness to your resurrection, your victory over sin and death, your living presence among us. Amen.”
In the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Our Lord is often referred to as the “Physician of Our Souls and Bodies”. I will be thinking a lot about Fr Amorth’s prayer in the next 40 days of Lent. May this Lent be a time of great grace and healing for us all.