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 > EMAIL: akp@xxxxxxxxxxxx > web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info > blog: > http://www.samobile.net/users/akp/blog > Skype: Putertutor > > "All that is gold does not glitter, > Not all those who wander are lost." > > Email services provided by the System Access Mobile Network. 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