...for our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power
and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. - I Thes 1:5a
"The single greatest need in the world today is the practice of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. How can we say this? Logically! We have seen that the conversion of our country calls for an outpouring of marvelous power from God. Christ promised to move mountains at the words of a person who believes. We conclude: there is no greater profession of faith than during prayer before the Holy Eucharist.
Why should prayer before Christ in the Eucharist be so potent in obtaining miracles of conversion? Because it is prayer that is animated by extraordinary faith. ... There is no miracle too great, and no miracle is greater than the conversion of sinners—provided we believe.
That is why we can say and say with complete security; the single most powerful means on earth for the conversion of
is for Catholic Americans to mobilize a crusade of prayer before the Eucharist for the conversion of our nation." America
From The Conversion of
Through the Eucharist - America
Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. (1998)
(Undoubtedly applicable to every nation! - Ed.)
*This feast is at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an international Christian ecumenical observance that began in 1908, which is an octave (eight day observance) spanning from January 18 (Confession of Peter) to January 25.
"Being converted is simply meeting yourself for the purpose of going to the very end of your being. Conversion means a willingness to see the truth of things and conform one's conduct to it" (A. Serillanges). In the Voice and the Light that Saul encounters on the road, he sees the truth of things and willingly conforms himself to Jesus Christ. "That dear preacher Paul ... was a wolf, but he became a lamb, a gracious vessel of love - and the fire with which Christ filled his vessel he carried through the whole world" (St Catherine of Siena). "It is clear that Paul wholly fled from himself and cast out all his own will, and that his will was active only in relation to Christ. Since with Christ there was nothing undesirable or repugnant to his will, it follows that his was a wondrous pleasure which was always present and with which he always lived" (Nicholas Cabasilas). Excerpt from Magnificat, Vol 17, No 11, January 2017 (pg 347).
St Paul, pray for our continued conversion!