Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA), now in its 54th year of service to the missions of the world, is a spiritually based organization with worldwide mission-helping undertakings. It promotes information about and interest in the missionaries and their people - particularly in the Franciscan Missions of Central America, but also in the inner cities of the United States and Canada as well as every continent in the world.
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Saint of the Month
Do you know a woman married to a nice man – except sometimes he’s violent-tempered. When her friends complain about their husbands, she doesn’t.
They have a brilliant son, but like his father he finds his mother’s generosity to the poor and her holy ways a bit much. Her mother-in-law, not the easiest woman to get along with, lives with them.
Such a woman was St. Monica, wife of the generous, but pagan, Patricius, mother of the brilliant but unbridled Augustine.
Born to Christian parents, in 332 AD in Tagaste, sixty miles from Carthage in North Africa, she grew up well educated, was baptized in her teens, and destined for an arranged marriage to a local government official. Her great love for God and love and patience with her family – despite their pagan ways meant she was able to bring them all to Christ.
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