At Catholics Come Home, we hear from many parents who continually pray for their children to return to the Catholic Church. There are few people who understand these parents’ hearts and struggles better than St. Monica.
St. Monica prayed unceasingly, fasted, and wept for the conversion of her son, Augustine, back to the Catholic Faith from his wayward lifestyle. Before St. Monica’s death, St. Augustine became a practicing Catholic–and he would later go on to become one of the greatest bishops and theologians the Church has ever seen.
“I do not know what there is left for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled. All I wished for was that I might see you a Catholic and a child of Heaven. God granted me even more than this in making you despise earthly felicity and consecrate yourself to His service.” -St. Monica to St. Augustine
If you have children away from the Church (or any family or close friends), pray to St. Monica! In her own words: “Nothing is far from God.”
St. Monica (feast day: August 27) and St. Augustine (feast day: August 28), pray for us!
Do you have friends and relatives away from the Church and pray for their return to the faith? St. Augustine’s conversion story is well-known and powerful; his story has inspired countless souls over many centuries and speaks boldly to our postmodern times. This is a must-see film!
“Restless Heart draws us to appreciate the magnitude and the totality of Augustine’s conversion of mind and heart. It invites us to consider how the Lord, whose merciful love is active in every time and place, is drawing us to give our own minds and hearts more completely to Him.” -Francis Cardinal George
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts our restless until they rest in you.” -St. Augustine
Do you have family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers away from the Catholic faith? Pray to Sts. Monica and Augustine. St. Monica prayed ceaselessly for the return of her son, Augustine, to the Church. She had the immense blessing of seeing him return to God before she passed away, and thereafter Augustine went on to become one of the greatest theologians, writers, and orators the Church has ever known.
There is hope for your loved ones to come home. Keep praying for them!