“For the Lord is gracious and merciful and prefers the conversion of a sinner rather than his death. Patient and generous in his mercy, he does not give in to human impatience but is willing to wait a long time for our repentance.” St. Jerome
I’m counting on it, St. Jerome! There are several members of my extended family that I pray for daily. They are truly good, kindhearted people who have lost their faith in religion. They believe in God, but don’t seem to have a “relationship” with Him. I treasure my relationship with my Heavenly Father so much, that I want the whole world to experience this love for themselves. I pray for my family – myself included – that God will grant us all a deep and lasting conversion. It has been my experience that when we but make the slightest turning toward Him, He meets us more than half way!
I was challenged recently about my desire for the conversion of someone for whom I had been praying. This knowledgeable, holy person asked me if I had tried fasting. He said that “fasting puts the power behind prayer.” I hadn’t thought of that before. I was praying faithfully, but not really sacrificing anything personally for this prayer intention. So….how badly did I want this conversion? What was I willing to do? Wow!
This person recommended that I start small since my body is not accustomed to fasting. He suggested giving up snacks, or dessert, or even radio/television two days a week, along with prayer. My very human fear is, “What if God takes a long time to work, as He did in the case of St. Augustine?” I could be praying and fasting for thirty years like St. Aug’s mother, Monica. I don’t think I have the will! I’m going to give it a try, and will let you know how I do. Do you have someone in your family that weighs heavy on your heart each day? Would you consider fasting with me for that soul?