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

by Sisters of St. Rita on 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?

10 thoughts on “Who Else Mirrors St. Monica and St. Francis’ Mother”

  1. I am in contact with many mothers who pray, worry, and weep over their children. Many children have no idea how much they are loved, how parents want what is good, true and beautiful for them and how the Lord hears a mother's plea and invites the person to holiness. Monica like Pica, Francis' mother, saw the potential of holiness and goodness in her son. These women did not loose hope. We benefit yet today from these women's holiness, prayer and perseverance. Thanks to a woman's love, a mother's prayer, many of us reap bountiful lives of faith.

  2. There are many eloquent, poetic lines that St. Augustine shared in his spiritual journals e.g. “Thou calledst, and shoutedst, and burstest my deafness. Thou flashedst, shonest, and scatteredst my blindness. Thou breathedst odours, and I drew in breath and panted for Thee. I tasted, and hunger and thirst. Thou touchedst me, and I burned for Thy peace.” I can easily picture Monica calling/shouting, etc. to God on behalf of her son and thus her son could image a loving God doing the same. I've been blessed to meet many good people who burned for peace as they prayed and reached out in kindness to their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other peoples' children and grandchildren, etc.. Thank you, Sisters of St. Rita for your ceaseless prayer and selfless love for the people of God.

  3. Sr. Leslie says:

    My own Mom prays continously for her children. She never gives up no matter how discouraging life can be. I am sure that my faith would not be as strong if it were not for the influence of my family and especially my mom. Many times I could have turned down utterly destructive paths and I may have if I had not had the example of faith, strength, and courage that my mom provided. I hope she never stops praying. Thanks Mom.

  4. Sandy Hammond Gonia says:

    Thanks, Leslie. I really don't deserve accolades for prayer, since it is my lifeline too.
    Mom

  5. What a beautiful tribute to your mom. The older I get, the more I see the influence of my parents and siblings in my own vocation.

  6. Smaryfrances says:

    I think many mothers pray in the spirit of St. Monica.  I know mine does.  Mom finds solace in prayer and I'm sure that is how she has made it through many tough family times as well as all of the good times.  I thank my Mom, too, for her inspiration, her faith and love….much like St. Monica who never gave up on her son, Augustine.

  7. Sr. Delores Wisnicky says:

    Thank you, Sisters of St. Rita…  I count on your prayers often.  I told the new employees here of your prayers for us each day.  Mothers have very powerful prayers.  I believe I have spiritual mothers making sacrifices and pleading for favors from the Lord.
      I got a call tonight for prayers for Ryan, please.   His heart was racing and doctors have been trying to help him.  God holds us all in His great care.

  8. Srosangela says:

    As I read this I immediately thought of my own Mother. I always felt her prayers for me and for all of our family. She was always a great example in teaching us our Faith and in living simply the Gospel message by helping others. She encouraged me in my vocation and was an example of living poverty though she took no vow to do so. She did not crave earthly possessions and had very few material things. I would put her right up there with the Saints.

  9. Sr. Leslie says:

    You're welcome Mom. You've always been an awesome faith example.

  10. Angelsonhigh2009 says:

    I  PRAY TO  BOTH  ST.  MONICA  AND ST.  RITA  FOR  ME AND  MY  FAMILY   TO BEABLE  TO RETURN TO  EACH OTHER WITH LOVE  AND   NO MORE ANTIMOTY AND  HATE TO  ONE ANOTHER  !  I PRAY  FOR THE GRACE  OF  FORGIVNESS  IN  ALL  OF  MY  FAMILY AND MYSELF !

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