Cloud of Witnesses

St. Monica: Patron of Mothers

Today’s the feast of St. Monica. She perservered in prayer for the conversion of her pagan husband Patricius and her wayward son Augustine.

The prayers of a mother are indeed powerful. My mother really instilled faith in us and her prayers resulted in God granting me a spiritual healing.

[11] Soon afterward he went to a city called Na’in, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him.

[12] As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her.
[13] And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
[14] And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”
[15] And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.

St. Monica wept much over her spiritually dead son. “Do not weep. The son of all these tears surely cannot be lost” a holy Bishop told her. Sure enough after many years, Jesus raised Augustine from the dead. We celebrate the feast of St. Augustine tomorrow.

To all mothers–Keep praying!

St. Monica, pray for us!

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