The amazing life of Hermann Cohen (also known as Augustine Mary of the Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D., French: Augustin-Marie du Très Saint-Sacrement, better known as Father Hermann; 10 November 1821 – 20 January 1871) is related in the links below. He grew up a nominal Jew who ended up in Paris in young adulthood. A friend of the famous composer Franz Lizst, Hermann and his Hungarian counterpart had somewhat dissolute lives, although both would undergo profound conversion experiences. Cohen was playing at a benediction service in Paris one evening, and he felt pushed by some force to kneel down in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
He pursued these pious sentiments and after baptism he attempted to become a Benedictine at Solesmes, but eventually found his vocation as a Discalced Carmelite, preaching in France, England and Germany.
A wonderful anecdote about the hope we should have in prayer and confidence the Blessed Virgin’s intercession:
Ven. Augustine for years had consecrated his mother to the Blessed Virgin hundreds of times in hope of her conversion. Mrs. Cohen was horrified when her son left Judaism and remained distraught about it for the rest of her life. She died without any apparent signs of conversion. Augustine did not despair, but for guidance he spoke with St. John Vianney on the matter, and the Saint prophesied “On December 8th you will get your message.” 6 years came an went, and on that very day he was handed a letter from a nun who received a private revelation: Our Lady had appeared to his mother on her deathbed and filled her with such peace and grace from God, that she was compelled to accept the Catholic faith!
Never give up hope, nor stop praying for our friends and loved ones.