[bksvol-discuss] Re: Support Needed For Our Volunteers and Members

  • From: "Jackie McBride" <abletec@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2008 07:15:03 -0700

Monica, St. Monica was the mom of St. Augustine. She is credited
w/having prayed him to the faith when he became 34 y/o. So, I guess
sainthood runs in the family.

On 12/13/08, Ann Parsons <akp@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Monica,
> Well, well, open one's mouth and one is sure to be volunteered for
> something!  <smiling>  I'm not a fantastic cook, but if you want a
> facilitator for such a discussion, I suppose I can do it.  There are a
> lot of cooking tips that are so simple, folks don't even think about them.
> Do you know the Chicken and Stuffing recipe?  You say you like
> casseroles.  That's a good one, and so darn simple, but so good!  Here it
> is.
> Take three cups of cooked chicken.  I use skinless chicken breasts that
> I've simmered till done.  Cube your chicken and mix it with one can of
> mushroom soup, and one 8 oz container of sour cream.   (I like to
> saut`e some onions and mushrooms and throw those in too, but you don't
> have to do that.)  Next, take stuffing that you find in the packages,
> either in the box or the bag and prepare it like you would on top of
> the stove.  If you want, you can add your cellery and onions and such.
> Spread the stuffing on top of the chicken mixture and bake in 350 oven
> for as long as it takes to heat through and brown the top, say 35 mins.
> It's a great recipe, freezes well, is wonderful to take to pot luck
> suppers or to make for somebody who needs a home-cooked meal e.g.
> funeral, sickness, etc.  Everyone loves it.
> Ann P.
> P.S., Sure, most names, at least Western European ones, are either
> Biblical or names of saints.  Here's what I found on St. Monica.  Her
> caring and compassion typify your character.
> Saturday
> December 13, 2008
> Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived
> extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God's
> invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to
> be a saint.
> August 27
> St. Monica
> (322?-387)
> The circumstances of St. Monica's life could have made her a nagging
> wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent, yet she did not
> give way to any of these temptations. Although she was a Christian, her
> parents gave her in marriage to a pagan, Patricius, who lived in her
> hometown of Tagaste in North Africa. Patricius had some redeeming
> features, but he had a violent temper and was licentious. Monica also
> had to bear with a cantankerous mother-in-law who lived in her home.
> Patricius criticized his wife because of her charity and piety, but
> always respected her. Monica's prayers and example finally won her
> husband and mother-in-law to Christianity. Her husband died in 371, one
> year after his Baptism.
> Monica had at least three children who survived infancy. The oldest,
> Augustine, is the most famous. At the time of his father's death,
> Augustine was 17 and a rhetoric student in Carthage. Monica was
> distressed to learn that her son had accepted the Manichean heresy and
> was living an immoral life. For a while, she refused to let him eat or
> sleep in her house. Then one night she had a vision that assured her
> Augustine would return to the faith. From that time on she stayed close
> to her son, praying and fasting for him. In fact, she often stayed much
> closer than Augustine wanted.
> When he was 29, Augustine decided to go to Rome to teach rhetoric.
> Monica was determined to go along. One night he told his mother that he
> was going to the dock to say goodbye to a friend. Instead, he set sail
> for Rome. Monica was heartbroken when she learned of Augustine's trick,
> but she still followed him. She arrived in Rome only to find that he
> had left for Milan. Although travel was difficult, Monica pursued him to
> Milan.
> In Milan Augustine came under the influence of the bishop, St. Ambrose,
> who also became Monica's spiritual director. She accepted his advice in
> everything and had the humility to give up some practices that had
> become second nature to her (see Quote, below). Monica became a leader
> of the devout women in Milan as she had been in Tagaste.
> She continued her prayers for Augustine during his years of
> instruction. At Easter, 387, St. Ambrose baptized Augustine and several
> of his friends. Soon after, his party left for Africa. Although no one
> else was aware of it, Monica knew her life was near the end. She told
> Augustine, "Son, nothing in this world now affords me delight. I do not
> know what there is now left for me to do or why I am still here, all my
> hopes in this world being now fulfilled." She became ill shortly after
> and suffered severely for nine days before her death.
> Almost all we know about St. Monica is in the writings of St.
> Augustine, especially his Confessions.
> Comment:
> Today, with Internet searches, e-mail shopping and instant credit, we
> have little patience for things that take time. Likewise, we want
> instant answers to our prayers. Monica is a model of patience. Her long
> years of prayer, coupled with a strong, well-disciplined character,
> finally led to the conversion of her hot-tempered husband, her
> cantankerous mother-in-law and her brilliant but wayward son, Augustine.
> Quote:
> When Monica moved from North Africa to Milan, she found religious
> practices new to her and also that some of her former customs, such as
> a Saturday fast, were not common there. She asked St. Ambrose which
> customs she should follow. His classic reply was: "When I am here, I do
> not fast on Saturday, but I fast when I am in Rome; do the same and
> always follow the custom and discipline of the Church as it is observed
> in the particular locality in which you find yourself."
> --
> Ann K. Parsons
> Portal Tutoring
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