Just about everybody loves their mom. Having said that, we don’t always do everything that our mom tells us to do. Take for instance the story of Saint Augustine, one of the great doctors of the Church. His mother, Saint Monica, tried to teach Augustine to live a good, Christian life, but he rejected the Church and instead chose to lead a life of avarice.
Did Monica give up? Heck, no. She worked tirelessly to convert him to the faith. She went to see the bishop of Rome (who, by the way, was Saint Ambrose) and told him that she had done everything she could do to convince Augustine to turn away from his sinful ways, but he had rejected her pleas.
Legend has it that after listening to Monica’s complaints, Saint Ambrose told her that she should “stop talking to Augustine about God and start talking to God about Augustine.” Monica took the advice and spent thirty years praying for the redemption of Augustine. Finally, in 387 A.D., her prayers were answered and Augustine was baptized. He went on to become one of the most influential spiritual thinkers in all of Christian history, helped in large part by the love and prayers of his mom, Saint Monica. Today we celebrate her Memorial, and tomorrow we will celebrate the Memorial of her son.
So for all the moms out there praying for the conversion of your children, don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.
Saint Monica, pray for us!