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Exposing our children to stories of the Saints are important for their faith development. The Saints are heroes of the faith! We are called to be like the Saints and live for Jesus!
My brother Missionary Oblates, much like, St. Monica, spend their lives praying for God’s children to draw closer to Jesus.
I hope you will enjoy the story of St. Monica and share it with your children so they may follow her example to live close to Christ like her!
Saint of the Month for May:
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Romans 12:12
Saint Monica was born in North Africa. She had brothers and sisters. At a young age she had a very strong faith and lived a life close to Jesus.
Saint Monica married a man and had three children. Her husband was not Catholic and did not share her faith or love for Jesus. She often prayed for her husband’s conversion, always treating him with love, gentleness, and kindness. She prayed that he would come to know and love Jesus like she did. With great patience, she prayed, hoped, and waited for her husband to change.
One day, Saint Monica’s prayers were answered when her husband told her how much he admired her faith and devotion to God and her love for Jesus. He wanted to change and experience that love and devotion, too. Sadly, he died not long after this — but Saint Monica was very grateful that God had answered her prayers and that he came to love God in the end.
When Saint Monica’s husband died, her oldest son, Saint Augustine, was just seventeen years old. But he was not a saint then! Saint Augustine gave his mother a lot of trouble!
Although he was very smart, he did not like to study or attend school. He preferred to be out with his friends having a good time. He did not practice his faith, and he caused Saint Monica many heart aches. Once again, Saint Monica stayed patient. She prayed and waited for her son to return to his Catholic faith.
One Easter celebration, when Saint Augustine was twenty-nine years old, he finally decided to return to Catholic faith — devoting his life to God by becoming a bishop. He is now considered one of the greatest saints of the church! Saint Monica’s years of patience and her trust in God was well placed.
Saint Monica is a patron saint for mothers and wives. She never gave up hope even in the most difficult times.
Child’s Prayer to St Monica
St. Monica, please be my friend.
Help me to be like you to be patient in waiting for God to answer my prayers.
Pray for me so I might have more self-control and remain kind and gentle with others.
Please download the coloring sheet of St. Monica.
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