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Why weren’t my prayers answered if the Memorare says never a soul was left unaided?

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In the Memorare the claim is made that the Virgin Mary has never left unaided a soul who asked her intercession. But when I prayed the Memorare for my intention, the situation for which I prayed got worse, not better. This has shaken my faith. What happened?


The wording of the Memorare is not intended to oblige the Blessed Mother or God to answer your prayer in the exact manner that you specify. It is a statement of utter trust, said with faith that the Blessed Mother and God will always answer the prayers of the faithful, even if the answer given is not the one for which the supplicant hoped.

It is possible that the Blessed Mother did help you in your particular trial. Perhaps she obtained for you the grace to carry your burden with courage and patience. Perhaps she obtained for you the grace to delve more deeply into your Catholic faith through prayer, which is what you did in fact do. By all means, keep praying the Memorare for your intention, keeping in mind Jesus’ example of prayerful supplication for the relief of trials: “Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).


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  1. Patricia Reply

    That little Memorare prayer you said expecting a big favorable result is always going to end in disappointment for you. You must have more faith and more humility when you pray. You can pray for these two virtues first before you say an earnest prayer in supplication; and always add the words “if you think this is for my good.” The reason being we don’t always ask for what is good for us although we think it is. When you ask anything in prayer, do not expect an immediate response. Secondly, do a little more than just a prayer, such as an act of fasting by giving up something you enjoy or actually a meal or two or an act of kindness to demonstrate to Our Lady that you want to do something pleasing to her as your commitment when asking for a favor. “Give and take” is a good thing to keep in mind when asking for favors. Sometimes the result is quick but often the results you want come about later when you probably won’t even realize it or credit Our Lady for them.This prayer is real but you need faith and patience too.

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