Moms, it’s a special day for us: the feast of St. Monica, patron saint of mothers!
St. Monica prayed endlessly for her wayward son. When he ignored her, she persisted; when he traveled from city to city trying to lose her, she jumped in a boat and followed him. She never gave up, and it turned out not only is she a saint, but her son is as well (St. Augustine).
I was happy to celebrate St. Monica this morning at the year’s first all-school Mass at STM Catholic. All four St. Thomas More priests concelebrated, an unmistakable demonstration of care and support for the students. And the message in the homily—a message directed towards 5- to 14-year-olds—spoke to me, as usual (hmmm…what does that tell you?).
The ‘snag’ in my morning was that my son Quinn completely ignored me at Mass. Really? Already? In second grade? Too cool to say hi to your mom? At Mass?!
Oh well, I suppose it’s just the beginning of embarrassing my children simply by existing.
Who could be more empathetic than St. Monica? She wrote the book on being ignored by her son, and looked how that turned out. Thank you, St. Monica, for your dedication to the vocation of motherhood and the example of a devout prayer life.
St. Augustine’s feast day is tomorrow.
I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS: Do your kids ever pretend they don’t know you in public?