Tag: St. Monica

How prayer has affected my life and the lives of others

St. Paul's classic statement about prayer.
I’ve spent some time reflecting and praying about the Parkland, Florida shooting.  I see a lot of people criticizing those who pray for the victims and their families or even the person responsible for the tragedy.  Apparently they don’t understand the power of prayer. Christians know that prayer works.  We know and understand that praying... Read more »

Who is in your army of saints?

When I <a href="http://www.family-prayer.org/saint-monica.html">found this complete prayer</a> to St. Monica, I printed it out and  taped it to cardboard.  I keep it in my Magnificat.  St. Monica was my BFF for a long time.  She answered my prayers with the help of her son, St. Augustine.
Who is in your army of saints?  I have five that I have been praying to for their intercession in certain circumstances over the past two years. Most people pray to one saint for a specific intention that’s related to that saint’s expertise.  I decided to combine forces and add other saints.  Though not all... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Monica

The "new" church was dedicated in 1988
Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches brought my husband and I to St. Monica and to a mini family reunion. St. Monica has a relatively short history by Chicago city standards.  In 1945, Samuel Cardinal Stritch had plans for the new parish in the Norwood Park area.  Rev. John A. McCabe was named pastor of the new St.... Read more »

The Power of a Mother's Prayers

When my kids were younger, and they had done something wrong, I would tell them, “NEVER underestimate the power of my prayers!”  They would give me these very quizzical looks with just a bit of fear in their eyes.  I don’t think they really understood what that meant, but I always had St. Monica in... Read more »

St. Monica and Her Son, St. Augustine: Role Models for Today

“My son, as to me, I no longer find any pleasure in this life.  What more I have to do here and why I am still here I do not know, since I have no longer anything to hope for in this world.  There was only one reason why I wanted to stay a little... Read more »