Pastor’s Reflection for August 23, 2015
This Thursday, August 27, we celebrate the feast of St. Monica. Her story is very encouraging for mothers who pray for their children. The circumstances in her life could have turned her into a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent because her husband had a violent temper, her mother-in-law was a difficult person to deal with and her son was a playboy. Augustine, her son, was living an immoral life to the extent that Monica refused to let him eat or sleep in her house. One night Monica had a vision that he would return to the faith so she began to pray and fast for him. She also traveled to where he was to stay close to him.
In time, Augustine came under the influence of the bishop, Ambrose. He turned away from his immoral living and was baptized at Easter in 387. Monica rejoicing in her son’s conversion said, “Son, nothing in this world now affords me delight. I do not know what there is now left for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled.” She died shortly after.
We can learn patience from Monica. She spent long years in prayer and fasting which led to the conversion of her husband, mother-in-law, and son. Mothers (and fathers) pray and fast for your children to make Jesus their primary relationship.
In line with passing the faith to future generations, I came across this article from the Word Among Us;
Here’s one question: How am I passing on my faith? The answer would include things like taking your children or grandchildren to Mass, praying with them before meals and bedtime, reading them Bible stories, and helping them learn the difference between right and wrong. It also includes more subtle things like encouraging them to dream about how they can live for more than just themselves or trying to provide a loving and prayerful environment in our homes. Our young people need to know that there’s so much more to life than the next paycheck, the next weekend’s activities, or the next big purchase!
We all have the privilege of passing the baton on to the next generation. So let’s try our best to guide and encourage them, to leave a legacy of faith for them, and to release them into God’s loving hands. Let’s all remember that we are handing on a great treasure!
I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, August 25, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,