A prayer for conversions

Carved relief of the Conversion of St. Paul in St. Paul's church in Antwerp, Belgium. Photo: Renata Sedmakova/Shutterstock

Today the Universal Church celebrates the incredible conversion of Saul of Tarsus from a bitter persecutor of Christians to one of Christ’s most ardent apostles.

This singular marvelous act, besides the Resurrection, provided the early Church proof of the divine origins of Christianity. The significance of St. Paul’s conversion has been so valued by the Church that it was once even a holy day of obligation.

The Church therefore sets today for us to give thanks to God for this singular grace. Today, let us then especially pray for widespread conversions to the faith.

A prayer for conversions

O blessed apostle, St. Paul, greatest of all converts, who labored unceasingly for the conversion of other souls, inspire me with the ardor of your zeal that I may pray and work for the conversion of my brethren, redeemed in the blood of Christ but not as yet blessed with the full light of his truth.

Mindful of the loving concern of the Divine Shepherd for the salvation of the “other sheep that are not of this fold,” I now beg your intercession to obtain the grace of conversion for (name of family member, friend or others).

May God, the Holy Spirit from whom alone this gift can come, hear my humble prayer and thus enable me to share with others the riches of my heritage of faith through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

“Conversion of St. Paul on the Road to Damascus” by Caravaggio, 1601. Photo: Public Domain


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