No One is Hopeless

Do you have loves ones away from the faith? I do. I have family members who haven’t been inside a church for years. I pray and pray sometimes and wonder if they will ever “get it”. It can be disheartening at times. But, God knows. He is in charge.  With faith, we must believe they will come back.

Miracles Happen

We have a model of faith and perseverance in St. Monica, whose feast day we will celebrate this Saturday (August 27). She is the mother of St. Augustine (whose feast day would have been the 28th if it wasn’t a Sunday). St. Monica prayed for many years for years for her son to come to the faith. But, not just him. Her marriage was arranged and so she was married to a violent pagan with a terrible temper. He did not take kindly her her Catholic faith either and for many years treated her unkindly. St. Monica prayed and prayed and he, too, came to repentance before his death.

We may or may not live to see our loved ones return to the faith; but, we must continue steadfastly in prayer, sacrifice and love knowing it is pleasing to the Lord.

(Linked to The Kennedy Adventures!)

Fearless Friday: For the Conversion of Sinners

Today is the feast of Saint Monica, so it is fitting that I dedicate today to praying for the conversion of sinners for today’s Fearless Friday. We all have family members, friends, co-workers and acquaintances who are far from the Lord and I’m sure it often weighs heavy on our hearts.

Take heart! Saint Monica prayed some 20 years for the conversion of husband and son, Saint Augustine of Hippo. As long as there’s life there’s hope. I truly believe that our prayers for those far from the Lord brings down many graces upon them.

Prayer for the Conversion of Sinners

Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful Savior of the world, we humbly beseech You, by Your most Sacred Heart, that all the sheep who stray out of Your fold may in one days be converted to You, the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls, who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.

Amen.

(Prayer courtesy of catholic.org)