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Saint Monica

Today is the feast of Saint Monica, mother of Saint Augustine, patroness of drunkards, married women and mothers. It was the effect of Saint Monica’s prayers which led to the conversion of her spoiled, wayward, pagan son, whom she followed about, in the tradition of good Catholic mothers everywhere (ahem).   242 more words

Art

Saint Monica and Climbing the Mountain of the Lord

August 27

Saint Monica

This morning, I went to Mass as I usually do. I don’t remember exactly what the readings were, or what the homily was about so much. 823 more words

Just Be God's

Santa Monica and Saint Monica

I’ve walked past this statue hundreds of times in the last half century. I always wound up shaking my head because St. Monica is made to look so Nordic. 139 more words

Southern California

East is East

As I walked nervously out of Annaba airport with T late one afternoon in 1989,  an amazing sight emerged out of the gathering dusk. High above the city, a floodlit byzantine fantasy stood outlined against the dark hill behind, shimmering white and gold and seeming to float in the air like some heavenly apparition. 852 more words

Algeria

The Most Intimate Encounter: Called to Consummation

I find it difficult to take spiritual counsel from other women. I could enumerate the reasons why: that I am proud and selfish, that there always seem to be too many words and qualifying statements involved, that I don’t like… 1,213 more words

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