Friday, August 27, 2010

A Woman Of Powerful Prayer

St Monica, whose feast we celebrate today, is who I think of whenever I hear anyone say that no matter how much they pray for their children who have fallen away from their faith, it does not seem to be working; God just doesn't seem to be listening.
This great woman of prayer, tears and sacrifice knew all too well what it was to have a child and a husband not believe in God, at least not according to Christian principles. She spent some 30 or more years praying for her son, Augustine, and God did hear her prayers and He also seemed to gather her many tears and use them to wash the error from Augustine's eyes so that he was able to convert. Not only did he convert but he became bishop and one of the greatest minds the Catholic Church has ever known, but more on the is saint and Church Doctor later. So God did hear and answer Monica's prayers, but in His perfect time.
There are so many parents, spouses siblings and friends of those who have strayed far from their faith, or who have never believed in God. May St Monica be the role model for them and for all of us who pray for our loved ones to return to God. Our prayers are heard and will be answered in God's perfect time. All He asks of us is perseverance in prayer and love.

St Monica, through your intercession may the sons, daughters and all our loved ones who are far from God return to Him. Help us to be steadfast and patient in our prayers for them just as you were. Be a consolation to those of us who love them and suffer at seeing them live their lives away from their Creator.


Robert B said...

Hi Karinann,

Great post. We should all draw great courage and confidence through the example and intercession of St. Monica.

Sadly, there are many "Monicas" out there these days who weep and plead before the throne of God for their children. The good news is that God hears the cries of a mother, because He remembers His own. A friend of mine recently had the joy of her "Augustine's" conversion back to the Faith after years of praying.

So prayer works, especially from the heart of a mother. Thank you for pointing that out to us this morning.

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Dear Monica has helped me and sustained me through some of my darkest hours as a mother.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful reflection on her.

Karinann said...

Thanks Robert and Judy. Thank God for His saints- they are powerful friends to have!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.