NOVENA TO SAINTS MONICA AND AUGUSTINE – DAY 2 (FOR CHILDREN TRAUMATIZED BY VIOLENCE IN THEIR OWN HOMES)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

A Prayer for Deceased Mothers by St AugustineOPENING PRAYER TO SAINTS MONICA AND AUGUSTINE

(For the conversion and sanctification of ourselves and our loved ones)

Lord our God, ever merciful to all who hope in you, you adorned your servant Monica with the priceless gift of reconciling her husband and children to you; you listened to her fervent and continuous prayers calling Saint Augustine from the ways of error to serve you in holiness, making of him a sign in the world of the power of the grace of Christ and of the intercession of the saints on our behalf; renew, O Lord, in your Church and in our hearts the spirit you gave to Saint Augustine and Saint Monica; grant that in our thirst for true wisdom we and our loved ones may never cease to search for you, and may our hearts rest united in you, the living fountain of unending love. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A SHORT MEDITATION ON THE LIVES OF SAINTS MONICA AND AUGUSTINE

(PART 2: ST. MONICA)

Image of St. Monica

As time passed, Perpetua and Navigius entered the religious life, but unfortunately, Augustine became lazy and uncouth. This greatly worried Monica, so when Patricius died, she sent the 17-year-old Augustine to Carthage for schooling.

While in Carthage, Augustine became a Manichaean, which was a major religion that saw the world as light and darkness, and when one died, they were removed from the world of matter and returned to the world of light, which is where life comes from.

After Augustine got his education and returned home, he shared his views with Monica, who drove him from her table. Augustine fell into the serious and enduring moral and theological errors which would form the central drama of Monica’s life. It is said that all of the plots in the world can be reduced to just five or six. One of those is “Get back home.” Saint Monica’s life was dedicated to getting her son back to his home, the Church. She wept, she prayed, she fasted. Nothing seemed to work for fifteen years while her son strayed far from the Catholic path, seemingly without remorse.

Monica went to a bishop, who told her, “the child of those tears shall never perish.”

Inspired, Monica followed Augustine to Rome, where she learned he had left for Milan. She continued her persual and eventually came upon St. Ambrose, who helped her convert Augustine to Christianity following his seventeen-year resistance.

Augustine later wrote a book called Confessions, in which he wrote of Monica’s habit of bringing “to certain oratories, erected in the memory of the saints, offerings of porridge, bread, water and wine.” (To be continued…)

Silent Prayer and Reflection…

EVERYDAY PRAYER TO SAINTS MONICA AND AUGUSTINE

Sabia que Santa Mônica também rezava muito pelo neto?

Dear Saint Monica, troubled wife and mother, you endured many sorrows, difficulties, and humiliations. However, you never despaired or lost faith. Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord.

Today we pray for children traumatized by violence in their own homes, may God protect them from the violence, free them from the abuse and heal their wounds.

Dear St Monica, troubled wife, and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime. Yet you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius, and your beloved son, Augustine. Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord. Intercede for me, dear St. Monica, that God may favorably hear my plea for (mention your petition here).
And grant me the grace to accept his will in all things, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

O holy Saint Augustine, who has famously declared that “Our hearts were made for you, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.”, aid me in my own search for our Lord that through your intercession I may be granted the wisdom to determine the purpose God has planned for me. Pray that I be blessed with the courage to follow God’s will even at times when I do not understand. Ask our Lord to lead me to a life worthy of His love, that I may one day share the riches of His kingdom. Petition our Lord and Savior to ease the burden of my problems and grant my special intention, and I will honor you all of my days.

Beloved Saint Augustine the miracles you have performed for the greater glory of God have caused people to seek your intercession for their most pressing concerns. Hear my cries as I invoke your name to petition God for an increased faith and to aid me in my present distress. (State the nature of your problem or the special favour you seek)

Glorious Saint Augustine I boldly ask for your intercession confident in your boundless wisdom and compassion. May this devotion lead me to a life dedicated to fulfilling the will of God that I may one day be deemed worthy of sharing His Kingdom with you and all the saints for all eternity.

 

INTERCESSIONS

  • Lord, you gave Saint Monica the strength to overcome the difficulties of her marriage, help all spouses who experience trouble in their marriage to be a consolation to one another.
  • Lord, you comforted Saint Monica in her prayer for the conversion of her son, help us not to despair in times of trial, and to place all our hope in you.
  • Lord, you granted Saint Monica the grace of bringing her husband and her son to you, may all wives and mothers be instruments of your love in their families, so that they know how to lead their husbands and children to you.
  • Lord, through a true conversion of heart you led Saint Augustine out of the depths of sin to your love, come to our heart, so that we will forget our sins and we will be embraced by you, our one and only good.
  • Lord, you inflamed the hearts of Saint Monica and her son Saint Augustine so that they would aspire to heavenly things, may we also long for the supreme source of life.

Full of confidence we pray to our heavenly Father in the words Christ taught us. Our Father… Hail Mary…(X3) Glory be…

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

Blessed Saint Monica, please add your prayers to all those mothers who are concerned and worried about their children, especially those who have turned away from Christ and His Church. Take them under your protection and give them the courage to walk in the ways of the Lord despite the temptation and false values they find in today’s world. Please also, take my personal request to God for my loved ones with the same fervour and persistence with which you prayed for your own son. Amen. Blessed Saint Augustine, we entrust to your powerful intercession our hearts and those of our loved ones, so that we will all be faithful to the Love and Grace of God who invites us to conversion, to live and rest in Him, to live in the communion of love with all our brothers and sisters and to spread his love to all our neighbours. Amen.

CONCLUDING PRAYERS

Saint Monica and Saint Augustine, lead me to true conversion.
Saint Monica and Saint Augustine, lead me to true conversion.
Saint Monica and Saint Augustine, lead me to true conversion.
Amen.

O Saint Monica, who through prayer and tears achieved the conversion of your son and your husband from God, look to my bitter heart. I pray now for this person who causes so much trouble and suffering to my heart and to my whole family… (Name the person you pray for)

Saint Monica, may your prayers join mine to move the Good God, so that He, the living and true God, may make this person for whom I pray can return to the right path. Santa Monica, let the Father in Heaven call this prodigal son back to his father’s home. Give me this joy and I will be forever grateful.

LET US PRAY
O God, comforter of the afflicted, health to those who wait in You, who mercifully accepted the pious tears of the blessed mother Monica for the conversion of her son Augustine and her husband Patricius, grant us through Your Intercession, that we may weep for our sins and find indulgence of Your grace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

St. Augustine, pray for us!
Santa Monica, intercede for us!

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Blessing+

Through the intercession of Saints Monica and Augustine, may the Lord bless + us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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Shalom!
Compiled from various sources by Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Loreto, Vila Medeiros, São Paulo, Brazil
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agiayekathy777@yahoo.com
agiayekathy777@yahoo.com
2 years ago

Amen and Amen and Amen. Saints Monica and Augustine Pray for us that we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ. Amen Thanks really gratefully and splendidly dear beloved Padre CJAY. May the Lord God keep on strengthening and increasing U in all ur spiritual endeavours and all areas of ur life and hear ur prayers for us for our salvation and the Glory of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Happy and love all U’re doing dear Padre. Thanks lots dear Padre CJAY-Wisdom TOOMUCH. Lots of… Read more »

Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
6 months ago

Thank you Padre. All thanks to God.

Nneka
Nneka
2 years ago

St Monica and St Augustin pray for us Amen

Nwanya Precious
Nwanya Precious
2 years ago

Grant that through your intercession I may be granted the wisdom to determine the purpose God has planned for me. Pray that I be blessed with the courage to follow God’s will even at times when I do not understand.

AMEN

Adaeze
Adaeze
2 years ago

St. Augustine, pray for us!
Santa Monica, intercede for us! Amen

Jenny Nwatu
Jenny Nwatu
2 years ago

St Augustine help us discover how much we are restless until we rest in God Santa Monica intercede for us

Emmanuel Ukah
Emmanuel Ukah
1 year ago

Great Novena prayer. Thank you very much Fr. Chinaka for giving us this platform for various novenas and to draw closer to Jesus and Mary.
May God continue to bless you. Amen.

Nneka Casmira
Nneka Casmira
1 year ago

Amen

Colette
Colette
1 year ago

St. Augustine, pray for us!
Santa Monica, intercede for us!

Mabelmary
Mabelmary
1 year ago

Amen

njideka Ihionu
njideka Ihionu
1 year ago

I hand you over my own son Oliverjude,Jane Frances and Queen MaryPaula and John Henry especially my husband dear st Monica and Augustine to bring very close to God..convert them for the better Glory of your Love amen.
I bring before you Augustine and chinazor give them their own children please Biko Chukwu oma

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Amen

Igbinazaka Angela
Igbinazaka Angela
6 months ago

We entrust our children to your intercession Santa Monica and ask that St Augustine lead us to true conversion. Amen

Ndu-kanebi, Lauretta
Ndu-kanebi, Lauretta
6 months ago

Dear Saint Monica, troubled wife and mother, you endured many sorrows, difficulties, and humiliations. However, you never despaired or lost faith. Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord.

Today, I pray for my children traumatized by violence in their own homes, may God protect them from the violence, free them from the abuse and heal their hearts and give them the courage to trust God for success in all aspects of their life endeavours, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

St. Monica and Augustine!!!!!
Praying for Us.

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
6 months ago

Now I’m getting to know who these 2 saints are.
Thank you, OCCF

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
6 months ago

Lord, you comforted Saint Monica in her prayer for the conversion of her son, help us not to despair in times of trial, and to place all our hope in you. Amen

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
6 months ago

St. Augustine, pray for us.

Santa Monica, intercede for us.

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Ayaka Daniel Esekwe
Ayaka Daniel Esekwe
6 months ago

St Monica and Augustine pray for us

Juliet Orianzi
Juliet Orianzi
6 months ago

Saint Augustine . Pray for us
Saint Monica. Intercede for us

Ifeyinwa Adegbulugbe
Ifeyinwa Adegbulugbe
6 months ago

St. Augustine, pray for us
St. Monica, intercede for us
Amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
6 months ago

St Monica and St Augustine, pray for the conversion of my son Joshua Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
6 months ago

St. Augustine, pray for us!
Santa Monica, intercede for us! Amen

Chidimma Nwaeze
Chidimma Nwaeze
6 months ago

May the good Lord answer our prayers through the powerful intercession of Saints Monica and Augustine, amen.

Chinwe Ann
Chinwe Ann
6 months ago

Monica went to a bishop, who told her, “the child of those tears shall never perish.”
I pray that such word also be pronounced to me that the thing that makes me shed tears always shall come to pass in Jesus name Amen

Ijeoma Jennifer Korie
Ijeoma Jennifer Korie
6 months ago

Ss Augustine and Monica, lead me to true conversion. Amen

Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
6 months ago

Saints Monica and Augustine pray for us that our faith will be so strong to believe the power and miracle of Jesus Amen

OBIMMA OLUCHUKWU MARY
OBIMMA OLUCHUKWU MARY
6 months ago

St Monica and St Augustine, pray for us

Nkiru Osefo - Major
Nkiru Osefo - Major
6 months ago

Saint Augustin pray for us
Saint Monica intercede for us. Amen

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
6 months ago

Amen. St Monica and St Augustine, pray for children trumatized by violence in their homes. May God protect them from the violence, free them from the Abuse and heal their wounds, Amen.

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
6 months ago

St. Monica and St Augustine, lead me to true conversion.
May we draw inspiration from your life.

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
6 months ago

Amen

Eberechukwu
Eberechukwu
6 months ago

St Monica and St Augustine,pray for us. Amen

Uba Susanna Chiebone
Uba Susanna Chiebone
6 months ago

The life of St Monica is here to encourage mother’s who feel that they can do nothing when their child goes astray. Mother Monica being a widow did not left her children to do as they like rather she resort to praying to God as the only husband she has to help her put her son in a right part and God answered her prayer. Dear mothers especially widows cling to God to take care of your children( your only hope on earth). Stop gossiping, telling people about your children’s behaviour, that you are tired. Tell God , He is… Read more »

Hwange Francisca
Hwange Francisca
6 months ago

St. Monica and St. Augustine. Pray for us

Monica
Monica
6 months ago

Amen

Rumeh
Rumeh
6 months ago

St Augustine & Monica pray for us

Ishom, Dorcas Doosuur
Ishom, Dorcas Doosuur
6 months ago

Saints Monica and Augustine, pray for u!

uju chukwuma
uju chukwuma
6 months ago

Let my troubles be settled…Amen

Regina Ikpeni
Regina Ikpeni
6 months ago

Through the intercession of St Monica may we weep for our sins and find pardon before God. Amen

Marcel Asen
Marcel Asen
6 months ago

Amen. Saints Monica and Augustine intercede for us to Jesus

Bamigboye Margaret
Bamigboye Margaret
6 months ago

St Monica intercede for us

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
6 months ago

St. Augustine, pray for us!
Santa Monica, intercede for us!

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
6 months ago

St. Augustine, pray for us!
Santa Monica, intercede for us … Amen

Henry
Henry
6 months ago

Saints Monica and Augustine… Pray for us

Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
6 months ago

All thanks to God.
Amen

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
6 months ago

St Monica and St Augustine, pray for us

Magdalene Omono
Magdalene Omono
6 months ago

Amen!

Marymagdalene
Marymagdalene
6 months ago

Saint Monica through perseverance you brought your son back to the right path intercede for me and all mothers the we may never give up on our children no matter what challenges may come our way. St. Augustin pray for us.

Phyllis Joseph Nweke
Phyllis Joseph Nweke
6 months ago

St. Augustine, pray for us!
Santa Monica, intercede for us! Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
6 months ago

St. Augustine, pray for us
St. Monica, intercede for us Amen

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
6 months ago

May God grant our prayers through the intercession of Saints Monica and Augustine, through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.

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