Coming up on August 27th (tomorrow) and August 28th (Wednesday) are the feasts of St. Monica and St. Augustine respectively. (I think I should try to do these things…. um…. sooner than the day before).
St. Monica was born in Tagaste in North Africa, she was the mother of St. Augustine and two others. She is known for unceasing praying for her husband and son to convert which both did. More on her from Catholic Culture.
St. Augustine also born in Tagaste, died in Hippo, thus known as St. Augustine of Hippo. He was a Bishop and is one of the doctors of the church. (More on him from Catholic Culture)
I am combining them, or the meal portion at least, because it’s just a teensy bit easier. I don’t have a specific recipe I’m going to follow, but I’m thinking something with chicken and chick peas.
To Do with the kiddos:
Collect for St. Monica’s Memorial
O God, who console the sorrowful and who mercifully accepted the motherly tears of Saint Monica for the conversion of her son Augustine, grant us, through the intercession of them both, that we may bitterly regret our sins and find the grace of your pardon. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Collect for St. Augustine’s Memorial
Renew in your Church, we pray, O Lord, that spirit with which you endowed your Bishop Saint Augustine that, filled with the same spirit, we may thirst for you, the sole fount of true wisdom, and seek you, the author of heavenly love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
A Prayer to St. Monica:
Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray
(For more ideas of things “TO DO” Sarah @ Two O’s Plus More has put together a much more hands on post for these two feasts! Go check it out!!)