When I mentioned St. Monica, the patron saint of mothers with wayward sons, I saw the nods and smiles out in the pews.
Somethings are timeless. Monica, a woman of faith, though she lived over 1,500 years ago, feared for her son, the future St. Augustine, with similar concerns as the mothers today.
By worldly and external standards, Augustine was a success: yet Monica knew there was a lot of work to do on the inside, which would determine his eternal life. For thirty years she alternated between faith and worry.
Saint Monica is a great model of faith and persevering love that can inspire all family members in many ways. A woman who didn’t have a perfect family - and wasn’t perfect herself - but in the end, through the grace of God and many prayers, led her and her family home to God.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.” Matthew 23:25-26
About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!