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Prayer for Overcoming Writer’s Block

May it be an email or the next best-selling novel, let this prayer from St. Francis de Sales help you overcome writer's block.

There will be days when we just cannot be productive. Perhaps we’re tired from the previous day or our body just wanted a break from all the hard work. This is especially true for writers.

There’s this thing called writer’s block wherein no paragraphs, sentences, or even words would come out of our brains onto paper! Anyone who has to write— academically, personally, or professionally— have experienced this. The brain shuts down and we just can’t think of what to say next. (Read: A Short Prayer for a Good Morning)

One saint who understands this predicament is St. Frances de Sales, a prolific writer of the 17th century. He always dedicates his writing to God, offering it to him and praying for the people who will read his works.

On his feast day, why don’t you ask for his intercession and overcome writer’s block through a prayer he composed for this sole purpose? Key tip: Offer your words to God as a gift and see where that might lead you.

Prayer to St. Frances de Sales for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Ah, sweet Jesus, my Lord, my Savior, and my God, behold me here prostrate before your Majesty as I pledge and consecrate this writing to your glory.

By your blessing give life to its words so that the souls for whom it has been written may receive from it the sacred inspirations I desire for them, in particular that of imploring your infinite mercy in my behalf to the end that while I point out to others the way of devotion in this world I myself may not be rejected and eternally condemned in the other, but that with them I may forever sing as a canticle of triumph words that with my whole heart I utter in witness of fidelity amid the hazards of this mortal life: Live, Jesus! Live, Jesus!Yes, Lord Jesus, live and reign in our hearts forever and ever. Amen.

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