Rescue me and set me free

Two readings from today’s Liturgy of the Hours (click on the “Universalis” banner at the top of the page) make excellent prayers for people still hunted by their addictions.

Psalm 141:8-9: “My eyes are upon you, O GOD, my Lord; in you I take refuge; do not strip me of life.
Guard me from the trap they have set for me, from the snares of evildoers.”


Psalm 142:6-8: “I cry out to you, LORD, I say, You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.
Listen to my cry for help, for I am brought very low. Rescue me from my pursuers, for they are too strong for me.
Lead me out of my prison, that I may give thanks to your name. Then the just shall gather around me because you have been good to me.”

(Via USCCB.)

Addiction is the prison one is trapped in, evildoers (“people, places and things”) seek to continually ensnare the struggling alcoholic and addict.

The Lord will rescue you from these types. No matter how beaten down you are by the threat of a relapse and the immediate temptation to drink, God will give you the strength to prevail if you ask Him in trust and with faith.

Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)

"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

and "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"


  1. Yes, if only I would ASK. Sometimes I *do* think to ask; unfortunately, often I do not. Why don’t I trust Him to deliver me? I have no idea. How can I increase my trust in *Him* (instead of the bottle) to help me with whatever is causing the anxiety at that particular moment?? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. God bless you.

  2. Oh, s4J, that’s a big question!. Maybe “Baby Steps”, just rust in Him a little, like a little girl holding onto Daddy’s hand, then maybe each time picture yourself a little bigger. As you grow, so is your Faith and Trust.

    You can also say the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily.

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