Prayer for Lapsed Catholics
GOSPEL Matthew 16:24-27
Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray.
O Almighty Father, who desires not the death of the sinner, but rather that he 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 paths, which You established for their salvation. They are now forgetful of their duties as Catholics, and pursue only the transitory pleasures of the world. Grant that they may speedily return to the practice of every Christian virtue, so that their lives may shine with the integrity of faith, the fervor of piety and the ardor of charity. Restore all of them to Your sacraments and to the life of Your grace, through the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.