St. Monica, pray for us

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Today is the feast day of the mother of St. Augustine.

I’ve always loved this image of her, from the great John Nava, who created the stunning tapestries of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

The picture here comes from the website for the Church of St. Monica in the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey.

From the Liturgy of the Hours:
God of mercy,
comfort of those in sorrow,
the tears of Saint Monica moved you
to convert her son Saint Augustine to the faith of Christ.
By their prayers, help us to turn from our sins
and to find your loving forgiveness.
Grand this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

For more on Monica, check out this piece by my blog neighbor Marge Fenelon, who notes:

Ever since I became a mom – and especially as my kids move further into adulthood – I’ve felt as though St. Monica and I are kindred spirits. In particular, we share the same philosophy on raising our children.

Parenting doesn’t end when they turn 18. Parents remain spiritually responsible for their children unto death. And beyond.

St. Monica set the perfect example.

Read more of Marge to find out why.


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