The 5th figure on my icon of prayers for the lost sheep of Jesus is St. Therese.
St. Therese of Lisieux, called the Little Flower, and noted for her “little way”, wanted to be a missionary and bring souls to Jesus. Her health prevented that rigorous life, but she supported other missionaries with letters and prayers. Her dream was to spend her time in heaven helping those on earth find the light of Christ, saying “I will return. My heaven will be spent on earth.”
Even as a child, she prayed for those who had separated themselves from God. There is a story of her praying for a condemned and widely hated murderer, who suddenly grabbed and kissed a crucifix in the moment before he was executed, after refusing all prayer and comfort up to that point. St. Therese believed that her prayers had softened his heart enough to repent and turn back to God.
St. Therese, you once said “There is only one thing to do here below: to love Jesus, to win souls for Him so that He may be loved.” Pray with us now, that the hearts of our loved ones might be softened and return to Christ.