It is tragic that so many Catholic families today have loved ones who have left the faith. Many of them report that their adult children grew indifferent and are now raising children and even grandchildren with little or no knowledge of the true Church, The best of them are determined to “be good without God” or to be “spiritual but not religious” . It is a continuous source of distress to know that those we love reject the only truth that can save them. In today’s post, we offer some well-loved devotions to help.
First: Devotion to the Divine Infant, in all its varied forms has much anecdotal evidence for its success in returning lapsed Catholics to the faith. This prayer to the Infant of Prague is a personal favorite and makes an excellent novena.
Prayer to the Holy Infant of Prague for Families
O Most Holy Infant of Prague, so generous to those who turn to Thee in need, be attentive to our supplication on behalf of our loved ones who have chosen to separate themselves from Thee, Who alone art their salvation.
Second: This is a popular prayer to St. Joseph, who is Patron of the Family and appeared at the last apparition of Fatima, October 13, 1917, as Our Lady promised, to bless us and bring peace. The following prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII, and is especially appropriate in this time of crisis in our families, who are betrayed by the very Church which should defend and nourish them. It is said before Mass by those attending Chapels of the Society of St. Pius X and Bishop Fellay is especially devoted to St. Joseph.
Ad te Beate Joseph
To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.
Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend Gods Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.
Readers, we have one more sure remedy left to discuss:
Remember the Third Visit, when Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia were given the terrifying vision of Hell? What did Our Lady tell them?
“You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”
And so we see that she has come to teach us devotion to her Immaculate Heart, her humble, pure and obedient heart – for what?
So that souls may be saved!
Did Our Lady not assure us that nothing we ask from her Rosary will be denied? Surely the souls of her children are included in that! So let us strengthen our efforts, and trust in her Immaculate Heart to whom is promised the victory!
Remember pray the Rosary and trust in Mary!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
~ for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!
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