St. Augustine was born in Tagaste in modern Algeria. He was the son of St. Monica and as mentioned in my post yesterday spent many years living an unholy life, yet he was one of the most intelligent persons who ever lived. Monica prayed daily for her son’s conversion.
After finishing school, Augustine went to Milan and became a professor. Augustine often listened to the sermons of Ambrose which had a great impact on him. Finally, he was convinced that Christianity was the true religion. Yet he did not become a Christian right away because he thought he could never live a pure life. One day, he read the life of St. Anthony of the Desert which is a story about two men who had suddenly changed and became good Christians. He went to the garden and prayed to be free from his sins and he heard a child’s voice chanting, “Take up and read.” Thinking that God wanted him to hear those words he opened his Bible and read the first thing his eyes fell upon, Romans, chapter 13. Paul says to stop living bad lives and live like Jesus. It’s what Augustine needed! Augustine then gave up his life of sin and began a new life.
St. Monica is a patron saint for mothers and wives. As all mothers know, raising kids can be tough. And as Catholic moms one of our primary goals should be to raise our kids to be saints. We teach our children to pray, to follow the commandments, to go to church on Sundays and Holy Days, and to receive the sacraments. We hope that by leading by example and instilling the faith in our kids they will continue on that path as they get older. But that doesn’t always happen. And once they grow up and become adults they may go astray. So, the best thing to do…PRAY! St. Monica knows all about that and that is why she is such a great saint to turn to when you feel like you need a shoulder to lean on…she’s been there and done that…but she never gave up!
St. Monica was born in the year 332 in Tagaste, North Africa. She had a conversion experience at a young age and lived a life of virtue. Her parents gave her in marriage to a non-Christian man, Patricius. Patricius was not a great husband. He came home drunk every day and had a violent temper and Monica was often the victim of his anger. And he was unfaithful. Monica’s life was full of trials but she endured her trials with patience and kindness. She prayed daily for the conversion of her husband. Her patience and strong faith paid off and Patricius accepted the Christian faith a year before his death. He admitted that he admired her strong faith and it was her ongoing kindness towards him that changed him.
In response to recent video evidence exposing planned parenthood, for profiting from the sale of fetal body parts, Louisiana, Alabama, and a growing list of states are cutting funds to Planned Parenthood.
The Obama administration is saying this violates federal law. Specifically the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid contend that this restricts the right of each woman to choose her provider.
It’s time for the States to assert their rights and put “Uncle Sam” in his place. The truth is, Continue reading
“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” ~ Revelation 12:1
Another Marian feast! Today we celebrate The Coronation – or Queenship of Mary – Mary being crowned queen of heaven and earth. Today’s feast follows the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary by one week or on its “octave” which is fitting as she has just been assumed into heaven and is now seated next to her king.
The above painting, Coronation of the Virgin, is a painting by Diego Valazquez. It depicts the Holy Trinity crowning the Blessed Virgin Mary. It’s composition is based on an inverted triangle which gives the appearance of a heart in both its color and form. A beautiful picture!
Our Lady of Knock – August 21
I love Marian feasts!!! And there are so many to celebrate. Today we celebrate Our Lady of Knock, an approved apparition of Our Lady in the little village of Knock, Ireland. And we will celebrate by having Irish Soda bread for dessert (recipe below)!
On the evening of August 21, 1879, Mary McLoughlin, a priest’s housekeeper, and thirteen others saw the moving figures of the Blessed Virgin Mother, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist along the south wall of the local church. St. John was standing near an altar with a young lamb upon it, holding a book, and preaching. The onlookers could not hear anything and there was no vocal message, they witnessed this miracle for about one hour. Many were skeptical about the vision but soon after a little girl was cured of her deafness when her mother touched the child’s ears with a piece of concrete from where the Virgin Mother appeared.
“If Christ is with us, who is against us? You can fight with confidence where you are sure of victory. With Christ and for Christ victory is certain.” ~ St. Bernard de Clairvaux
St. Bernard was born in 1090 in the family castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy, near Dijon, France. In 1112 he entered a poor, crumbling monastery called Citeaux. The Cistercian monks at the monastery followed the Rule of Saint Benedict and lived a stricter life of prayer, silence, and penance. He also convinced thirty-one other men (including a few of his brothers, an uncle and friends) to enter the monastery with him. As they were leaving home they said to their little brother, Nivard: “Good-bye little Nivard. You will now have all the lands and property for yourself.” But Nivard replied: “What! How can all of you go to heaven and leave me here on earth? Do you call that fair?” When Nivard was older he too joined his brothers in the monastery.
Today we celebrate the fourth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary. For hundreds of years, Catholics observed the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15, celebrating Mary being taken body and soul to Heaven after her death. But it was not until 1950 that the Church proclaimed this teaching a dogma (an essential belief of the Catholic faith) of the Church.
Finally; the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:
In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death…She is our Mother in the order of grace. ~ The Catechism of the Catholic Church
The recent post, The American Form of Government, showed that our founders gave us a republic, not a democracy. It also acknowledged, that many Americans are confused, since most teachers, politicians, and reporters refer to the United States of America as a democracy.
Studying the U.S Constitution, Federalist Papers, and Convention debates easily proves, that our founders gave us a republic and thought of democracy as mob rule, which would destroy property rights and quickly die a violent death.
Let’s examine the cause of the confusion.
Raymond Kolbe (St. Maximilian) was born in 1894 in Poland.
Mary appeared to him when he was a young boy.
“Then the Virgin Mother appeared to me holding in her hands two crowns, one white and one red. She looked at me with love and she asked me if I would like to have them. The white meant that I would remain pure and red that I would be a martyr. I answered yes, I wanted them. Then the Virgin looked at me tenderly and disappeared.” ~ St. Maximilian Kolbe
I’ve never been much of a gardener. Actually I never really tried to grow anything…ever. It just seemed like too much work. But I love sunflowers and really wanted to grow some. So, I planted some seeds. And they didn’t sprout. So I planted more seeds. But they didn’t sprout either. But I wasn’t giving up! I bought some ‘Miracle Gro’ potting soil and tried again. This time they sprouted! I decided that I would finally make a sunflower house. This was something I’ve wanted to do ever since I read “Sunflower House’” by Eve Bunting to my kids years ago. I planted the sunflower seedlings in the shape of a square outside the chicken coop in mid-June.