Friday, August 27, 2010

Monica, Mother of Augustine

Commemoration of Monica, Mother of Augustine
August 27, 2010

The Lord be with you

Today is set aside for the Commemoration of Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. Monica (333-387) was a native of North Africa. Throughout her life, she sought the spiritual welfare of her children, especially that of her brilliant son Augustine. Widowed at a young age, she devoted herself to her family, praying many years for Augustine’s conversion. When Augustine left north Africa to go to Italy, she followed him to Rome and then to Milan. There she had the joy of witnessing her son’s conversion to the Christian faith. Weakened by her travels, Monica died at Ostia, Italy, on the journey she had hoped would take her back to her native Africa. On some Church Year calendars. Monica is remembered on May 4. She is remembered for her great faith, her persistence in prayer, and her dedication to her vocation as a wife and mother.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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