Saturday, August 27, 2011
A mother's prayer...
Today is the feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine and the patroness of all mothers. St. Monica prayed unceasingly for her beloved son that he would convert from his pagan ways and become a Christian. Not only did St. Augustine convert but he became a priest, bishop and doctor of the Church. In St. Augustine basilica the bodily remains of St. Monica are under one of the side altars.
It has become a custom at the NAC for new men to spend a few moments in prayer before the tomb of St. Monica, asking her intercession not only for all mothers dear to them, but especially for all whose mothers watched them leave to go and study in Rome. St. Monica, who knew the loss of a sons, is an excellent intercessor and consoler.
A mother's prayers are powerful indeed.