Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Feast of St Monica, Mother of St Augustine.

"The woman who fears the Lord will herself be praised. Her children have called her most blessed, her husband has sung her praises." (Cf. Proverbs 31: 30, 28 - Entrance Antiphon).

Thursday 27th August 2020, 21st Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Monica (331 - 387). African. Mother of St Augustine, Bishop, Father and Doctor of the Church.

The Church cannot praise our saint of the day enough. Look at our key Scripture taken from the Entrance Antiphon from the special Mass for St Monica. Almighty Father accepted the motherly tears of St Monica for the conversion of the once prodigal Augustine. St Monica also handled a difficult husband, the once alcoholic Patricius, a pagan city councilor. He died a baptized Christian. At a time when wife beating was not considered a crime, Monica counseled her married friends how to handle their husbands. According to Monica, despite the fact that her husband was both a pagan and alcoholic, Patricius  never threatened her.
The Church made Monica the patronness of married women and a model for Christian mothers.

Who will doubt that we need many Monicas today.  We need women who are strong in Christian virtue and able to supervise a Christian household. How can the young preserve purity and chastity? Maternal advice can look like this. Call it a 5 - WAY Plan:
#1 Daily Prayer: Vital Necessity.
#2 Daily word of God.
#3 Frequent Holy Communion.
#4 Frequent Confession.
#5 Spiritual Reading.

If you do this, "God will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." (Cf 1 Corinthians 1: 9).

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