Wednesday, August 27, 2014

St. Monica's intercession: Daily Mass Homily--Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

            All of us gathered for Mass today know someone who isn’t practicing the faith.  Whether it’s a son or daughter, sibling, friend or coworker, I suspect we all pray for the gift of faith to grow in these peoples’ lives.  In fact, one of the most common intercessions during daily Mass is for such conversion in our loved ones lives.
            St. Monica is the one to seek intercession for such individuals—especially for you mothers.  She watched her child—St. Augustine—bounce from pagan religion to philosophy all the while falling to lust.  He even conceived of a child out of wedlock!
            Yet after his conversion, St. Augustine attributed his newly found faith to his mother.  Her prayers and tears paid off.
            St. Monica illustrates in person the Psalm we prayed: “Blessed are you who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways!  For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork; blessed shall you be, and favored.”
            As we continue our worship this morning, let’s keep in mind those people we care about that need God the most.
            St. Monica, pray for us!

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