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On Saturday we celebrated the Memorial of St. Monica. St. Monica was the mother of St. Augustine. Now, every year as I celebrate this memorial I am always reminded of a story that was told. Monica, deeply distraught at her son’s behavior and rejection of the Christian faith, was crying outside of the Church. A priest saw her and asked, “What has brought such sorrow in your life?” Monica replied that her son was not living a Godly life and she was praying for his conversion - to which this priest replied, “God would never spurn the prayers of such a sorrowful mother.”
I use this story today to encourage us all in our walk of faith. All of us know someone who has left the faith or someone who is living a lifestyle contrary to the Gospel; Do we continue to pray for them, or have we given up in our impatience, or our anger, or our sadness or …? I say this because someone told me that they are offering a 54 day novena for the reversion of the members of their family to return to the faith. I was excited about this and wondered, “Have I done that?” My friends, let us this week, like St. Monica lift up our tears and prayers to our heavenly Father. Today let us pray for the following people: Those who have ceased practicing their faith; those who do not believe in God; and those who have surrendered to their addictions. The prayer I recommend that you pray is through the intercession of Our Lady Undoer of Knots. I believe that this devotion will not only aid us but will untangle the confusion that many experience when it comes to faith in God. Pray this prayer with me today as we entrust all of our loved ones to God:
Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the day of your life, you accepted with full humility the Father’s will, and the devil was never capable of tying you up with his confusion.
Once with your Son you interceded for our difficulties, and full of kindness and patience, you gave us example of how to untie the knots in our life.
By remaining forever Our Mother, you put in order and make more clear the ties that link us to the Lord.
Holy Mother, Mother of God and our Mother, to you who untie with a motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands (the name of the person), and to free him/her of the knots and confusion with which our enemy attacks.
Through your grace, your intercession and your example deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him, and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters.
May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,
Faith Night at the Captains
The Thomas Merton Prayer
The Thomas Merton Prayer
My Lord God,