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Kenneth Piper wrote:

Hi guys,

I have a very dear loved one (not family) who has lost their faith and strayed from a Catholic childhood. I pray extensively each day for this person to be lead home to Christ and the Church.

Are there special Saints that are appropriate for this particular request?


  { Are there special saints for Catholics who have lost their faith? }

Eric replied:

Hi Ken,

I can think of two:

  1. St. Monica, who prayed for many years for her son (St. Augustine) and her husband (who converted on his deathbed) to return to the faith, and
  2. St. Jude, the patron of hopeless causes.

I can't think of any who are specifically patrons of those who have wandered from the faith although there are untold number of saints who have done that themselves. (St. Ignatius of Loyola comes to mind)


Mary Ann replied:

Ken —

Just to add: as Padre Pio said,

"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

God loves that person more than you do.

Entrust that person to God.

Pray, yes, but simply, and with confidence in God's love.

Mary Ann

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