Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

The conversion of Saint Paul by Giordano (1690)

The conversion of Saint Paul by Giordano (1690)

Prayer for the Return of Lapsed Catholics to the Sacraments

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Almighty Father, 
You desire not the death of the sinner, but that he may be converted and live.
Pour out upon us Your mercy and hear the prayers of Your servants.
Soften the hearts of Your children who have strayed from the true path which You established for their salvation.
They are now forgetful of their duties as Catholics, 
and pursue the pleasures of the world.
Grant that they may quickly return to the practice of every Christian virtue,
so that their lives may shine with the integrity of faith, 
the fervour of piety, and the ardour of charity.
Restore them all to Your sacraments and the life of Your grace,
through the merits of the most precious blood of Your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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2 Responses to Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

  1. Michael says:

    A good complement to this prayer and stimulant toward repentance is the following reflection from Blessed John Henry Newman (a reflection which applies to us all of course, not just the lapsed):

    But let a man persevere in prayer and watchfulness to the day of his death, yet he will never get to the bottom of his heart. Though he know more and more of himself as he becomes more conscientious and earnest, still the full manifestation of the secrets there lodged, is reserved for another world. And at the last day who can tell the affright and horror of a man who lived to himself on earth, indulging his own evil will, following his own chance notions of truth and falsehood, shunning the cross and the reproach of Christ, when his eyes are at length opened before the throne of God, and all his innumerable sins, his habitual neglect of God, his abuse of his talents, his misapplication and waste of time, and the original unexplored sinfulness of his nature, are brought clearly and fully to his view? Nay, even to the true servants of Christ, the prospect is awful.

    http://www.newmanlectures.co.uk/newman-blog/examining-the-conscience/22/1/2016

  2. toadspittle says:

    Toad thought the picture depicted the scene at the 23rd fence, in the 1967 Grand National.

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