On this day two years ago, my grandmother passed away, having been taken ill suddenly and suffering kidney failure. I like to think it can also be her feast day, as she received the last rights and remained a faithful Catholic all her life.
St Monica, pray for us!
Bridie Mullen, RIP.
St Monica’s patronage includes alcoholics, mothers, wives, difficult marriages, disappointing children, victims of unfaithfulness and verbal abuse, and the conversion of relatives.
In the face of the deaths of loved ones, her joy was ultimately greater than her sorrow, knowing that they had come to love God and that she would see them again.
She died shortly after her son’s conversion, having wept many years for his soul.
St Monica is as familiar as any of us with great suffering, and is a great intercessor.
She is also the saint I took as my patron at my Confirmation.
St Monica, model of Christian mothers, pray for us.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Alexandra Pope, a nineteen-year-old girl who died on Wednesday of a heart attack. She was not Catholic (or even religious), and so needs many prayers. Please also pray for her family’s consolation and conversion. Being atheists, their pain is all the more horrible.
Thank you. God bless.