In the fourth century, a young man named Augustine turned his back on the Church, plunging into a frenzied life of lust and dissipation. His renunciation left Monica, his pious Catholic mother, weeping and praying for his salvation . . . for more than a decade!
Like so many Catholics today—even perhaps like you—Monica wrestled daily with the pain of having a loved one fall away from the Faith. Like us, she often feared that her prayers and tears were of little worth, empty, futile.
Not so! After nearly two decades, Augustine returned to the Faith, and in a big way. Revered today as Saint Augustine, he joined in holiness his mother, Monica—now Saint Monica—whose sacrifices, prayers, and pain finally won for both of them the crown of sanctity.
In these pages, author Maggie Green provides wise, compassionate guidance for members of what she calls “The Saint Monica Club” : good Catholics suffering like Monica the rejection of the Faith by persons they love dearly.
Herself a longtime and long-suffering member of the club, Green shows how persevering as Monica did in devoted love for straying souls—loving them as God does—will not only quiet the lingering, aching cry of our hearts, but will also draw our lost loved ones back to the Faith and into the arms of Jesus again. Yes, the nonconfrontational Way of Saint Monica is hard. But it is the only way. These pages demonstrate that, with the souls of our loved ones at stake, it is worth the effort . . . and worth the wait.
Maggie Green is a pen name for a Catholic wife and mother who waits for some of her children to return to the Faith. She and her husband live with their children in the Mid-Atlantic area of the United States.