Mass Readings: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10,16-18/Matthew 23:27-32


I have an old friend who likes to say this tongue-in-cheek, “My Lord God, I have sinned before You, before man, and certainly before lunch.” The truth is, my friend is not much of a sinner, but a fine wordsmith, I think. St. Monica, whose feast we observe today, had a son who readily admitted that he was a sinner. His name was Augustine, and he lived for many years the life of one truly without conscience. All his mother, Monica, did was pray for him and pray for him and pray for him. One day he decided to change his life—completely. He is now known as St. Augustine, of course—one of the most revered of all the saints.

St. Monica? There is absolutely no better model for us showing the power of persevering in prayer.

Prayer: Merciful God, I bring my needs to You again and again. Hear my prayers, O Lord.