Monday, August 28, 2006

Benedict XVI talks about Augustine and Monica

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Pope Benedict XVI today spoke on the help of Monica and Augustine. Here is the story from Catholic News Agency:


Castelgandolfo, Aug. 28, 2006 (CNA) - Troubled families today can receive great comfort from the lives of St. Monica and her son St. Augustine, said Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, prior to the Angelus. Sunday was the memorial for St. Monica; today is the memorial for St. Augustine.

Monica (333-387), born of a Christian family, lived her life as a wife and a mother in an exemplary way, helping her husband to discover the beauty of the Christian faith and the strength of Gospel love, said the Pope. After her husband’s death, she dedicated herself even more fully to her three children. Augustine caused her great suffering with his rebellious character.

But Augustine (354-430) would later say that his mother bore him twice. The second time was after a long spiritual labor, consisting of prayers and tears, but in the end filled with the joy of seeing him not only embrace the faith and receive baptism, but dedicate his whole life to the service of Christ, the Pope said.

"As for Augustine, his whole existence was a passionate search for truth," -Pope Benedict XVI

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