NOVENA TO SAINTS MONICA AND AUGUSTINE – DAY 4 (FOR ALL THOSE CURRENTLY ABSENT FROM HOME OUT OF WAYWARDNESS OR STUBBORNNESS)

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 4: ST. AUGUSTINE)

Life of St. Augustine of Hippo

20120508-Augustine_at_the_school_of_taghaste.jpgHedonistic Early Life

St. Augustine (the most quintessential philosopher and theologian of the early medieval era) was born in Tagaste in Numidia (present-day Souk-Ahras in east Algeria) on November 13, 354. His father was a wealthy Berber landowner and pagan. His mother, the future St. Monica, was a devout Christian. His father’s hedonist ways had a strong influence on Augustine in his early life. Augustine forsook his Christian upbringing at age sixteen to attend school in Carthage, where he “dabbled with astrology.”

 Of Augustine’s intellectual achievement as a boy, his parents were intensely proud. He received his first education at Thagaste, learning, to read and write, as well as the rudiments of Greek and Latin literature, from teachers who followed the old traditional pagan methods. He seems to have had no systematic instruction in the Christian faith at this period. “His parents, delighted with their son’s progress in his studies, sent him first to the neighbouring Madaura, and then to Carthage, some two days’ journey away. A year’s enforced idleness on Augustine in order to acquire the means for his more expensive schooling proved to be a time of his moral deterioration.

When he began the study of rhetoric at Carthage, it is true that (in company with comrades whose ideas of pleasure were probably much grosser than his) he drank of the cup of sensual pleasure. Augustine became a womanizer, gambler, and critic of the virtues. He fathered a son from a mistress before he turned twenty, lived with her for 10 years out of wedlock, and then dumped her so he could marry a socialite. His son Adeodatus was born in the summer of 372, and it was probably the mother of Adeodatus whose gorgeousness enthralled him soon after his arrival at Carthage about the end of 370. But he remained faithful to her until about 385, and the grief which he felt at parting from her shows what the relationship had been. Monica, his mother seemed to have received Augustine’s child and his mother publicly at Thagaste. Augustine’s intellectual ambition prevented him from allowing his sexual desires to interfere and ruin his entire life. He was internally dissatisfied with his life. The Hortensius of Cicero (now lost with the exception of a few fragments) made a deep impression on him. To know the truth was henceforth his deepest wish. About the time when the contrast between his ideals and his actual life became intolerable, he learned to conceive of Christianity as the one religion which could lead him to the attainment of his ideal. But his pride of intellect held him back from embracing it earnestly; the Scriptures could not bear comparison with Cicero; he sought for wisdom, not for humble submission to authority.” (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 all God’s people currently absent from home due to waywardness and stubbornness, May the Holy Spirit open their ears and hearts so they may hear this invitation to come home and reunite with their families once again, in the spirit of conversion.

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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Nneka
Nneka
2 months ago

St Augustin and St Monica pray for us Amen

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
2 months ago

Saints Monica and Augustine, pray for me so the eyes evil ones do not see me

agiayekathy777@yahoo.com
agiayekathy777@yahoo.com
2 months ago

Amen and Amen and Amen.

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