Obtaining Conversion for Others

September 27, 2012

When we become convinced of our neediness and have received the divine mercy of God’s forgiveness of our sins, we cannot but desire the conversion of others.  When we see relatives and friends separating themselves from God and sinning deliberately, in true charity we remember these souls in our prayers.

Fortunately, the great St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor with Christ in these situations.  I clipped this prayer from the most recent newsletter from the St. Joseph Foundation and am sharing it because I’ve never seen it before and maybe you haven’t either.  St. Teresa of Avila wrote that the greatest alms we can give is to pray for those in mortal sin.  It doesn’t hurt that we invoke the aid of the foster father of Jesus in our quest.

A Prayer to St. Joseph to Obtain a Conversion

O glorious patriarch who merited to be called just by the Holy Spirit, I urgently recommend to you the soul of (N.N.) which Jesus redeemed at the price of His precious blood.  You know how deplorable is the state and how unhappy the life of those who have banished this loving Savior from their hearts, and how greatly they are exposed to the danger of losing Him eternally.  Permit not, I beseech you, that a soul so dear to me should continue any longer in its evil ways.  Preserve it from the danger that threatens it.  Touch the heart of this prodigal child, and conduct him back to the bosom of the fondest of fathers.  Abandon him not.  I implore you, till you have opened to him the gates of the heavenly city, where he will praise and bless you throughout eternity for the happiness which he will owe to your powerful intercession.

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4 Comments to Obtaining Conversion for Others

  1. I’ve never seen this prayer either, Barb. Thank you for posting it!
    Mary recently posted..Brain Drain

  2. Mary on September 28th, 2012
  3. Thank you, Barb.

    So many living sinful lives, live in darkness and denial, imagining that being a nice person is the same as being a saved person. St. Paul talks of those “always learning but never acknowledging the truth” 2 Tim 3:7 Is it pride that makes them think that their being certain is the same as being right and righteous?

  4. Joann on September 29th, 2012
  5. Good questions, Joann. We humans are such mixed bags.

  6. barb on September 29th, 2012
  7. Barb, thank you for this prayer!
    Colleen recently posted..Belong to Christ

  8. Colleen on September 30th, 2012


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