Feast of St Monica
Over the next two days we have one of the few times in the church year when we have a feast of a mother and then her son the next day, both being saints. They are St Monica and St Augustine.
This morning at morning prayers something came up which I never thought of before. St Monica is famous for praying hard for the conversion of her son and it is said that she often cried when she was praying for this.
There is a beautiful legend that when the young Augustine was leaving home to seek his fortune in the pagan city of Rome, as he embarked the boat Monica cried bitter tears and asked God not to forsake him. The bishop of Thagaste, the city in which she lived reportedly said to her, “God shall not refuse the tears of a mother.”
I often pray for the conversion of my children and what came up this morning was that my wife said that I should begin and pray to St Monica for her to intercede for my children. When you think of that it would be a good idea: she won the conversion of her son, perhaps she can help me to win the conversion of my children.
God is good.