The memorial of St. Monica

Theme: The ways of God

Today the church celebrates a woman of great faith, St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine. Her life should be a source of great strength to all of us who go by the name Christian and especially to parents. She did not give up on her son Augustine, but rather she continued to pray for him until something happened; and her prayer was answered. Her love for her first son Augustine and her persistence in prayer played a major role towards the conversion of St. Augustine whom we celebrate in the church. Her prayers and tears for the conversion of her son did not go in vain.

In view of this, I want to encourage all of us as Christians, to remain steadfast in prayer and trust in the loving mercy of God. Just like St. Monica whose feast we celebrate today, I also want to encourage parents who have children with similar traits like St. Augustine before his conversion, to emulate St. Monica. Show the child love and take him or her to God in prayer. Just like the case of St. Augustine, at the appointed time God will intervene and grant you your heart’s desire. It needs patience and faith, because what you seek may not come as fast as you want it to come; but one thing that is certain is that God will surely come through for you and your family at his own time.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, todays celebration should be a source of great strength for families. This is because of God answered the prayers of St. Monica after the rough life Augustine lived, it simply means that your own situation will surely come to an end; if you trust him, have faith and continue to pray until something positive happens. The extent to which St. Monica went for the conversion of her son Augustine, will be greatly appreciated if we spare sometime to read “the confession of St. Augustine”; he told the story himself.

Dearly beloved in Christ, with this


Memorial of St. Monica, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp