In God’s Time

Saint of the Day:  Monica

North Africa, b. circa 322, d. 387

while young, she developed an addiction to wine, but overcame the tendency (which Augustine writes about in Confessions, Book IX, Chapter VIII); she had an arranged marriage to an older pagan Roman official, who was unfaithful and abusive; she bore three children whom her husband would not allow her to have baptized; Monica, however, witnessed the conversion of her husband shortly before he died, and after their father’s death, two of the children entered religious life; Monica wept, prayed, and fasted 17 years for what seemed a hopeless endeavor:  the conversion of her oldest son, Augustine, who had a child out of wedlock with his mistress and began to practice Manichaeism

patron of patience, married women, mothers, widows, homemakers, difficult marriages, disappointing children, victims of adultery and verbal abuse, alcoholics

Lesson:  never stop praying for your children; trust in God’s love, which is greater than we can imagine

God’s time will come. Go now, I beg you; it is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish. — bishop to Saint Monica regarding her prayers and weeping for the conversion of Augustine

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