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Today we celebrate the life of St. Monica.
She was married by arrangement to a Pagan man in North Africa. Although he was much older than she, and generous, he was also a very violent man. Her mother-in-law was equally as difficult to deal with as she lived with them as well. Monica had three children, Augustine, Navigius and Perpetua. Through her persistent and patient prayers, Monica’s Husband and Mother-in-law were both converted to the Catholic Faith in 370a.d. Her husband died a year later. Perpetua and Navigius both entered into Religious life, while Augustine, well, lets say he LIVED his life in a very … SECULAR way. St. Monica prayed for 17 years, begging the prayers of Priests, who for a while, tried to avoid her because of her great persistence. Augustine was baptized by St. Ambrose in 387AD. Monica died later that same year while on her way back to Africa, from Rome.
Let us all pray for mothers whose children have fallen into the ‘secular world’ and who are IN and OF the world. Let us learn persistence in our own prayers, and cease not our crying out to Jesus. For the tears we cry, MUST be heard in the Heavens.
St. Monica, ora pro nobis!
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