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Liturgical day: August 27th: St. Monica

Gospel text (Lk 7,11-17): As He reached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother and she was a widow (...). On seeing her, the Lord had pity on her and said, «Don't cry». Jesus went to a town called Naim and many of his disciples went with him —a great number of people. As He reached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother and she was a widow; there followed a large crowd of townspeople. On seeing her, the Lord had pity on her and said, «Don't cry». Then He came up and touched the stretcher and the men who carried it stopped. Jesus then said, «Young man, awake, I tell you». And the dead man got up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. A holy fear came over them all and they praised God saying, «A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people». This news spread out in the Jewish country and the surrounding places.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we admire the example of a great mother and wife: Monica (332-387). She is the mother of the future St. Augustine who made her suffer very much in his youth, due to his conduct distant from the Christian faith. Monica has gone down in history as a mother who cried very much begging for the conversion of her rebellious son. After many unforeseen events Augustine met through his mother St. Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan, who’s preaching lead to his baptism.

- We men sometimes laugh at the tears of a mothers, but Jesus Christ never overlooks them.