August 27, 2020 | Fr. Richard Castro Huergo, MC
Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Monica. Most of what we know about this saint comes from the writings of her famous son, St. Augustine. He was a sharp thorn in St. Monica’s side and the source of many tears for her. Tradition tells us that she spent many a night praying and crying for her son.
Monica is an example of relentless recourse to prayer for her son. At some point, a Bishop consoled her saying that, “The child of those tears shall never perish.” Indeed St. Augustine himself says that his mother’s prayers were what led him to his conversion at the age of 31.
As a priest I often get asked what to do when a loved one has left the faith. St. Monica always comes up as a great example.
Inspired by St. Monica, let’s discuss a few things we can do for our loved ones in need of conversion.
St. Monica, pray for us!