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St. Monica Offering Hope for Mothers
CatholicExchange.com ^ | Augustust 27, 2009 | Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Posted on 08/27/2009 9:41:08 PM PDT by Salvation

St. Monica — Offering Hope for Mothers

August 27th, 2009 by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

As a woman who persevered in a difficult marriage, dealt with a cantankerous mother-in-law who shared her home, and prayed unceasingly for a wayward son, St. Monica serves as a wonderful role model for wives and mothers who are struggling in their vocation. St. Monica was born to Christian parents in 333. She was married at a young age to a pagan. Her husband Patritius was a government official in Tagaste. He had a violent temper and was unfaithful. As a result, her marriage was very unhappy. Her equally unpleasant mother-in-law also lived with them and did all in her power to make Monica’s life harder. Monica’s difficult home situation was well-known and she served as something of a role model to other suffering wives and mothers in Tagaste as she patiently endured.

Monica had three children: Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. She wanted to have them baptized, but Patritius refused. Ultimately, through her prayer and patient example, both Patritius and his mother converted to Christianity. Patritius died one year later. By this time, however, Augustine has been sent to Carthage to continue his studies. Here, he fell into serious sin and became a Manichean. Monica was so disgusted that she banished him from her table, but after having a vision, she changed her mind and welcomed him back. Still desperate, she sought the advice of an unknown bishop who reassured her with the famous statement that “the child of those tears shall never perish.” As a result, she stuck close to Augustine, perhaps a little closer than he liked.

At the age of twenty-nine, Augustine told his mother he was going down to the dock to say goodbye to a friend. He actually took off for Rome where he was planning to teach Rhetoric. Monica was not deterred. She followed him there, only to discover when she arrived that Augustine had gone on to Milan. She followed him there as well. She was a woman who was not going to give up, and her persistence was rewarded. At Milan, she received her heart’s greatest desire and saw Augustine baptized by St. Ambrose after he had fought baptism for seventeen years. Augustine and Monica set out for Africa soon after, but Monica would not make it. She died in Ostia in 387. Her death prompted Augustine to write his “Confessions.”

St. Monica is a role-model for all of us who feel we pray in vain. In a world which cries out for immediate gratification she reminds us of the importance of patience. God does not always answer our prayers in the time frame we hope for. Sometimes, we need to pray and pray and pray for years and trust in God’s timing. St. Monica is the patron saint of alcoholics, married women, abuse victims, and mothers. Her feast day is August 27th .

Prayer to St. Monica

Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven.

Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray. Amen.

 

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur has a Master of Arts degree in Applied Theology from Elms College, and is editor of SpiritualWoman.net. She is also the author of Letters to Mary from a Young Mother (2004).

(This article is adapted from a weekly column Patrice writes for CatholicMom.com, and is used by permission.)



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Hope for all mothers!
1 posted on 08/27/2009 9:41:08 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: All

Prayer to St. Monica

Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven.

Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray. Amen.

I know I have prayed for my children, and I suspect many others have too.

2 posted on 08/27/2009 9:42:11 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...

Saint of the Day Ping!
3 posted on 08/27/2009 9:51:15 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: All
St. Monica — Offering Hope for Mothers

Pope: St Monica and St Augustine for youth who go down “wrong roads” and “dead ends”
Saint Monica, Widow 332-387[mother of Saint Augustine]
Saint of the Day: St.Monica
Saint Monica
St. Monica

4 posted on 08/27/2009 9:53:44 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

St. Monica rocks!


5 posted on 08/27/2009 10:19:00 PM PDT by incredulous joe ("Live Free or Fight")
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To: Twink

Yo! Happy Feast Day PING!


6 posted on 08/27/2009 10:19:37 PM PDT by incredulous joe ("Live Free or Fight")
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To: incredulous joe

Yes, especially for those of us who continue to pray and pray for our children!


7 posted on 08/27/2009 10:20:07 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

Amen. Our prayers are as hers were.

And she is still praying for us today!


8 posted on 08/27/2009 10:24:17 PM PDT by incredulous joe ("Live Free or Fight")
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To: Salvation

BUMP


9 posted on 08/27/2009 11:44:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: incredulous joe

:)


10 posted on 08/28/2009 12:18:50 AM PDT by Twink
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To: Salvation

Thank you for posting about St Monica...I sure need this...


11 posted on 08/28/2009 3:37:33 AM PDT by aimee5291
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To: Salvation

My dear mother passed away in 2007, about 6 weeks shy of her 95th birthday. St. Monica was one of her favorite saints.


12 posted on 08/28/2009 5:04:18 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012)
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To: Salvation

This could go for us siblings, too. Some of us have obstinately heathen siblings who laugh at our devotion to God.


13 posted on 08/28/2009 6:12:15 AM PDT by Desdemona (True Christianity requires open hearts and open minds - not blind hatred.)
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To: Desdemona

much needed beautiful post..Thanx!!


14 posted on 08/28/2009 6:51:10 AM PDT by coloradomomba (BO stinks!)
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To: Salvation

Troparion:

In your mercy, Lord, you received the tears of Holy Monica as she wept for her son. Through the intercessions of both mother and son, give us grace to weep for sin and obtain your forgiveness.


15 posted on 08/28/2009 9:00:37 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Desdemona

Definitely for siblings as well. I have some in Nebraska and Chicago who aren’t practicing Catholics.


16 posted on 08/28/2009 9:09:29 AM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Kolokotronis

Thanks for the icon, Kolo! And I treasure that prayer too.


17 posted on 08/28/2009 9:10:29 AM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

Thank you for this post. I pray to St. Monica for two of my three children and a sibling. She reminds me of the woman in the Gospels who made such a pest of herself that God answered her prayers!

Monica’s faith and hope during all those years of waiting is an inspiration to us all. I also think of Mother Teresa patiently enduring her desert of the soul with faith and hope.


18 posted on 08/28/2009 9:37:54 AM PDT by Melian ("An unexamined life is not worth living." ~Socrates)
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To: Salvation

Yes, me too! Thanks for posting.

St. Monica please pray for mothers and their wayward children. Amen


19 posted on 08/28/2009 5:44:47 PM PDT by BlueAngel
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