Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Synod on the Family and St. Monica

The biggest problems in families today, from a truly Catholic point of view, are not the pathologies of divorce or homosexual unions with which our bishops seem so fascinated. It is the heartbreak of sons and daughters walking away from a Church that no longer offers a supernatural outlook. The Bear proposes that it is the rare reader of this blog, among readers with a few children, that has not wept with St. Monica over a lost child.

Our children aren't bad people. But something about the Church no longer holds them. It lacks a confidence, a distinction from the world around it, a sense of mission. The Bride of Christ has had a microphone and script thrust in front of her and now makes low-budget infomercials about global warming.

The Bear supposes it is too much to ask for the bishops to address the problems of ordinary Catholics.

St. Monica's life is celebrated today. She died in 387 at the age of 56. Her story is linked with her more famous son, St. Augustine.

St. Monica
St. Monica was a Christian, but her husband was not. In fact, tradition says he was a man of very poor character and unfaithful to her, although he was converted by the aid of her good example. Yet her son, Augustine, grieved her because he resisted Christianity for many years.

But God did not resist a mother's tears. St. Augustine finally converted in 386. St. Monica got to see the realization of her heart's desire before she died.

St. Monica's intercession is sought for the conversion of loved ones, and she provides an enduring example of patience and persistence in prayer. She reminds us that patience, prayer and a good example are better than harangues.

Prayer to St. Monica

Dear St. Monica,
troubled wife and mother,
many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime.
Yet, you never despaired or lost faith.
With confidence, persistence, and profound faith,
you prayed daily for the conversion
of your beloved husband, Patricius,
and your beloved son, Augustine;
your prayers were answered.
Grant me that same fortitude, patience,
and trust in the Lord.
Intercede for me, dear St. Monica,
that God may favorably hear my plea for

(Mention your intention here.)

and grant me the grace to accept His Will in all things,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.


  1. The picture is of Our Lady, not St. Monica.

  2. "The Bear proposes that it is the rare reader of this blog, among readers with a few children, that has not wept with St. Monica over a lost child."
    I'm comforted, yet sad, to know that I'm not alone in this. But St. Monica is a powerful intercessor--my family recently benefited from her intercession:
    (I also gave the Bear a mench on my About page--always enjoy reading your take on things!)

    1. Thank you, and I hope your daughter's confession is just the beginning! Maybe their ought to be a blog ring of St. Brigid's Cow, St. Corbinian's Bear, St. Benedict's Raven, St. Jerome's Lion, etc.

    2. Confession's always a good start!
      I'd love to see a blog ring of saintly animals--St. Francis of Assisi's Zoo!


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