On these back to back Feasts of St. Monica and St. Augustine, it is difficult not to realize the responsibility we have to not just raise our children, but to raise them in the Faith and to keep at it until they fully understand what Jesus wants from us in this world. We have all heard parents say, “Well, they are old enough to make their own decisions.” “It’s time for them to make big kid choices.” From the stories of St. Monica and St. Augustine, we should never assume our kids will come back to the Faith or will make the right choices. Monica was hard core when it came to her son. She followed him all over and never stopped praying for him to turn his life around. Sixteen years of prayer and tears. Sixteen years! Finally, it all paid off. Monica could move on up to Heaven where she longed to be with God and she would know that Augustine would someday be there too.
Yesterday was my boy’s birthday. The Feast of St. Monica and St. Augustine is truly a good connection because they remind me how important my job is as his mother. They remind me that I can never do enough, ask enough questions, give enough instructions or pray enough. Years can pass and yet, they are still the children that God entrusted to me to get back to Him.
“You have made us for yourself , O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” (St . Augustine)