St. Monica and the Power of Persistent Prayer

St. Monica and the Power of Persistent Prayer


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For nearly two decades, St. Monica prayed for her wayward son. Years and years of prayers, seemingly unanswered. Countless tears shed with no relief. Yet she would not give up. That very act of persistent prayer blessed the entire Church, for we have all benefited from the conversion of her son, Augustine, who became one of the most revered saints of all time. Parents of any age or at any stage can cultivate the same virtues in prayer that St. Monica discovered during her long wait for God's answer for her child. This devotion includes eighteen contemporary reflections, meditations taken from the writings of St. Augustine, and prayers adapted from the liturgy and other ancient sources. Don't give up. Persistence in prayer can change everything - for you, your children, and maybe even the world. St. Monica and the Power of Persistent Prayer also contains a Foreword by Lisa Hendey, the founder and editor of and the author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612785639
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 04/28/2013
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 455,085
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Hope for the Journey Lisa M. Hendey 7

Preface: What Would Monica Do? 13

Introduction: Monica: Tough Love and the Making of a Saint 17

Chapter 1 Do Prayers Go Unanswered? 41

Chapter 2 The Meal 45

Chapter 3 Stay Close 51

Chapter 4 Today, Now, 55

Chapter 5 Tell Him What You Really Think 59

Chapter 6 "Sorry" Seems to Be the Hardest Word 63

Chapter 7 The Need Is Mutual 69

Chapter 8 Blessed Peacemaker 73

Chapter 9 The Big Talks 77

Chapter 10 Getting Help 81

Chapter 11 A Servant Spirit 87

Chapter 12 Their Sufferings, Their Choices 91

Chapter 13 The Loving Gaze 95

Chapter 14 Guardian Angels 99

Chapter 15 Be Appreciative 103

Chapter 16 Salvation and Ecstasy 107

Chapter 17 Nothing Is Far from God 113

Chapter 18 Our Intercessor 117

Conclusion The Hope of Ostia 121

Recommended Reading 124

Time Line of Monica's Life and Afterlife 125

Monica's World 126

About the Authors 127

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