Thursday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

August 27, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Monica (c.333-+387) Patroness of Mothers and Widows

Beginning of the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 1:1-9

Psalm 145:2-7

Matthew 24:42-51

Today the Church honors Saint Monica, mother of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.  Saint Monica is an example of those “holy matrons” of the ancient Church who proved very influential in their own quiet way.  Through prayer and tears she gave her son to the Church of God, and thereby earned for herself a place of honor in the history of God’s kingdom on earth.

Within our Catholic faith we have many acknowledged women who have been elevated to sainthood.  Many of these women, such as Saint Monica, were non-religious and had husbands and children.  In all of my studies of saintly women I have noticed one common connection.  Their lives mirror that of our Blessed Mother.

Mary is a central figure in the Catholic Faith and her life illustrates how God the Father works in our lives.  Even though she came from a simple background she was called by God to fulfill a very extraordinary role; that of becoming the mother of Jesus Christ.  We are taught the three core values of Mary that apply to both women and men.  These were embodied by the Holy Mother in the way she lived her life.  As her children, we too should aspire to embrace these values in our own lives and in the way we treat others.  They are:

The Value of Humility:  One of the most fundamental values we should have as Christians.  We can only receive Christ when we are humble and meek.  Mary teaches us that pride and selfishness is something that we must avoid.  She had an extraordinary role as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church and yet she remained humble in her ways and continued to serve the Lord with devotion.

The Value of Simplicity:  Mary lived her life in the simplest way.  Despite having found “favor” in the Lord, she accepted what was given to her with simple grace. 

The Value of Charity:  Charity is at the heart of everything Mary did.  Being a mother involves being charitable and deeply generous in one’s action.  It is an act of sacrifice.  In our Catholic Faith Tradition, “love “and “charity” are often frequently interchanged and with good reason since the value of charity is a kind of love.  Charity is a theological virtue that lets us love God above all things.

As you can see our mom’s, regardless of how strict they were with us, or how “nitpicky” they were with us, loved us with a heart that only a mother can express into words.  Our mom’s are indeed favored by God because in our eyes they are “blessed among women.”   Just ask Saint Augustine. 

Question of the Day:  Will you pray to Saint Monica to assist you with issues within your family?

Prayer:  God, Comforter of the afflicted, You accepted Saint Monica’s tears to bring about the conversion of her son Saint Augustine.  Through their intercession, grant that we may have contrition for our sins and experience the grace of Your pardon.  Amen.  (“From the Lives of the Saints – Illustrated.”)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.


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