PRAYER: A Novena to Saint Maximilian Kolbe for the Grace to be Freed from Addiction

(I collect prayers, and I’m especially fond of novenas.  I find them to be a very practical means of organizing thoughts and hopes.  A year or so ago, I was putting together a litany for parents with wayward children.  It was dedicated to a woman who was going through a very bad time with her daughter, a young woman whose life was being slowly ruined because of her addiction to drugs.  I was shocked, and somewhat horrified, when I could not find a prayer concerning addiction, any kind of addiction.  It was as though the church turned its face away from such degradation.  Perhaps there is just too much shame in the idea of addiction to want to actually pray for someone in such trouble.

If that’s the case, then that is the real shame.

I was overjoyed when I finally came across the following novena.  I can’t remember now where I found it, but in finding it I immediately became an ardent fan of Brother Kolbe.)

A Novena to Saint Maximilian Kolbe for the Grace to be Freed from Addiction 

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, your life of love and labor for souls was sacrificed amid the horrors of a concentration camp and hastened to its end by an injection of a deadly drug.

Look with compassion upon (NAME OF PERSON) who is now entrapped in addiction to drugs/alcohol and whom I now recommend to your powerful intercession.  Having offered your own life to preserve that of a family man, I turn to you with trust, confident that you will understand and help.

Obtain for me the grace never to withhold my love and understanding, or to fail in persevering prayer that the enslaving bonds of addiction may be broken and that full health may be restored to him, whom I love.

I will never cease to be grateful to God who has helped me and heard your prayer for me.

Amen.

4 thoughts on “PRAYER: A Novena to Saint Maximilian Kolbe for the Grace to be Freed from Addiction

  1. Impressive blog. I was just reading Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning again after I read it in the 80s. I will be in touch over Max Kolbe.

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  2. Thank you so much for finding and sharing this beautiful Novena to Saint Maximilian Kolbe. I am in the same boat with this mother you mentioned above. My one and only son, Earl, is hooked with drugs for some 15 years now. And today is his 29th birthday, same date of the Feast of St. Maximilian. With this novena, I will do the 9-day novena today. I just finished my novena to St. Monica. I never stop praying for my son’s complete healing body and soul. I will keep on waiting for God’s love and mercy to be poured for my son thru the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the angels and saints, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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    • I prayed this prayer for so many years, it became almost like the Lord’s Prayer to me. I found it amazing that just a few words can make such a difference in our lives, how we approach a problem, a challenge. These days I use the following prayer:

      For the Victims of Addiction

      O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.

      I also prayed a forgiveness prayer for adult children every day, which had a most powerful impact on me, settling my heart every morning, and turning it back to love, instead of concern and impatience.

      May God bless you and your son.

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  3. Thank you so much, (now my tears are rolling down on my face) for sharing another beautiful prayer. I will copy this and I will share this with so many parents who are facing and carrying heavy loads because of their children’s addiction of every kind.
    God bless you always!

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