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Saint of the Month
The woman we know as St. Monica was born into a Christian family in Tagasste, Algeria, across the Mediterranean Sea from Rome, in 332 A.D. Like many of her girl friends she married young and she married a pagan, a minor Roman government official named Patricius.
Christians, were few and far between in those days. The marriage was blessed with three children, the oldest and most famous named Augustine.
Patricius was not a model husband. He was short tempered and a carouser. Yet Monica prayed ceaselessly for his conversion. Her sweet piety, patience and persistence paid off. One day Patricius accepted Baptism but he lived only a short year as a Christian before he died.
Prayer of the Month
Holy Saint Monica, I know that your life on earth as wife, mother, kind grandmother, and wise friend to many women and men made you a saint when you stood before the Throne of God.
As I pray for your intercession, I pray for the courage to overcome fear and to find the Lord in the face of my friends, my neighbors, and especially my own family, especially my family members whom I remember in a special way today.
Saint Monica, help me when I grow discouraged in prayer. For you lived in the knowledge that even in the darkest moments, Our Lord never leaves us. He knows our needs better than we do, and loves us more than we could ever imagine in this world.
May your example help me to bring my prayers to the Lord, ever confident of His tender love and concern… even as I pray for these special intentions today. Amen