St. Monica

Our Deepest Desire—Satisfied on the Road to Emmaus

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Easter (Year A) — Acts 2:14, 22-28; Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; First Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35. Deep within each and every one of us there is a hunger and a thirst.  We all experience this yearning of the soul—a heart that burns with longing, but we don’t always recognize what […]

A Grief Answered

Saint Augustine and his mother, Saint Monica

This weekend we celebrate back-to-back feast days of two great saints, Monica and Augustine.  There are few saint stories as legendary as this one: the mother who prays for decades for the conversion of her son, who is very intelligent but also very worldly; the son who is the prototype for so many converts as he endlessly searches for truth […]

Cowgirl Mary, Complete with a Great Hat

Our Lady of Consolation (cropped) -- By Ramon FVelasquez (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

When we first decided to take our oldest daughter to a nearby horse farm for a pony ride, we were both thinking it would just be a fun way to pass an afternoon.  We had no idea that it would bring us closer together as a couple, that it would turn into a destination for so many afternoons.  We would […]

Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine

“I should have been a better mother,“ St. Monica said to Bishop Ambrose about her son Augustine.  “If Augustine had been an easier child, God would not have given him a mother like you,” he responded. –Dialogue from the movie RESTLESS HEART: The Confessions of St. Augustine. Such a perspective is balm to a parent’s praying heart.  Ironically, the story […]