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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