Wednesday, August 28, 2013

St. Monica's intercession: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 (St. Monica)

            St. Paul sets forth a basic goal for each of us in that we should live, “not as trying to please men, but rather God, who judges our hearts.”
            St. Monica did this well, especially with her son Augustine.  While Augustine lived a life of debauchery and jumped from one foreign philosophy to the next, Monica pleased God by continuing to pray for him.  She lived out St. Paul’s tender analogy: “Rather, we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children.”
            Each of us knows someone who is not walking in the fullness of the faith.  Whether it is a child, friend, coworker or loved one, St. Monica is the one for us to ask for prayers.  She lived many decades yearning with all her heart for her son to meet Jesus.  And thanks in part to her prayers, he did.

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