St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners
The “Purgatory Lady” Susan Tassone is well-known for her poignant writings on praying for the poor souls. Now, she has written a book on conversion, inspired by the spiritual wisdom and sanctity of Saint Faustina. In the St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners, Tassone shares the secrets of holiness revealed by Saint Faustina to draw us into a deeper conversion and to enable us to be become better conduits of intercessory prayer.
The book is divided into two sections. In Part One, Tassone teaches us about the concepts of conversion, mercy, penance, and forgiveness, and how to live in conformity with God’s will. She intersperses these ideas with the divine revelations of St. Faustina, who act as our spiritual director. Through her influential words and holy example, St. Faustina, imparts the power of intercessory prayer and sacrifice when united with the Cross of Christ.
In Part Two, we are given a treasure trove of beautiful, inspirational prayers. Some of these include: St. Faustina’s personal prayers for the conversion of sinners, prayers to various saints, prayers to Our Lady, meditations on the Rosary for personal conversion, numerous novenas and litanies, contemplations on Christ’s Passion, and reflections on Scripture passages from the Acts of the Apostles. Thus, the Saint Faustina Prayer Book for The Conversion of Sinners is part instructional and part devotional. The objective of the book is to sanctify us as well as to encourage us to offer prayer and sacrifice to obtain sanctity for our neighbor.
This is a fascinating and useful book that will be relevant for many years to come. It teaches us tangible things to do to save our own souls and the souls of those who are dear to us. There are prayers to say for ourselves, our loved ones who have left the faith, as well as prayers for all who are in need of conversion.
Our Lady of Fatima instructed the visionaries at Fatima: “Pray, pray a great deal and make many sacrifices, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and to pray for them.” This message was not simply meant for the shepherd children one hundred years ago, but it is a message that Our Lady of Fatima continues to call us to fulfill daily.
Susan Tassone effectively carves out the way for each one of us to carry out Our Lady’s request through her comprehensive book on conversion by offering concrete ways we can convert ourselves and others. For example, she shares “A Rosary for Personal Conversion” with related reflections on the mysteries, while also presenting a “Novena for the Conversion of All Peoples and Nations” and “Prayers for the Salvation of the World.”
The St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners is a welcome addition to personal libraries, church and school libraries, and homeschool libraries. It can be used in either individual or group settings, in Divine Mercy cenacles, in Marian groups, or in any other type of prayer intercessory group. It is small enough to fit into a purse or a back pack, so you can carry it anywhere with you. One of the best places to have it handy would be for use during Eucharistic Adoration. The St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners is a unique and insightful prayer guide that will inspire and motivate those who read it to persist in prayer and penance for the prodigal son or daughter in most need of God’s mercy.
~ copyright Jean M. Heimann 2017