Who Else Mirrors St. Monica and St. Francis’ Mother

Paul Keggington

August 22, 2011

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity highlight a reflection on St. Monica (August 27) by the Sisters of St. Rita, Racine, WI.  St. Monica was a woman much like St. Francis’ mother Pica in her ceaseless prayer for her son. This is a timely tribute on this saintly feastday celebration to remember all mothers called to be models of faith and holiness for their children. Follow this link for some sound and inspiring Augustinian reading.

A MOTHER’S LOVE

There is a Christian hymn that goes, “There is a balm in Gilead, a balm that sets me free… This popular song reflects the desire of many people’s hearts to be healed by Jesus Christ. As St. Augustine of Hippo reminds in his Confessions, our hearts are restless until they rest in God.

St. Augustine of Hippo, a fourth century bishop, monk, and theologian, left the Western world his writings on God and on the moral life, as well as a guideline or Rule for women and men religious on how to live together in Christ. We Sisters of Rita, an Augustinian community remember him best for his Rule and his example of a good and virtuous life.  His holy life, however, came after a long search and struggle.  And much of the success in finding the God of his fathers and mothers was through the effort and prayers of his mother, St. Monica. Continue here.

Can you think of other people of faith who mirror St. Monica’s ceaseless love?