No One is Hopeless

Do you have loves ones away from the faith? I do. I have family members who haven’t been inside a church for years. I pray and pray sometimes and wonder if they will ever “get it”. It can be disheartening at times. But, God knows. He is in charge.  With faith, we must believe they will come back.

Miracles Happen

We have a model of faith and perseverance in St. Monica, whose feast day we will celebrate this Saturday (August 27). She is the mother of St. Augustine (whose feast day would have been the 28th if it wasn’t a Sunday). St. Monica prayed for many years for years for her son to come to the faith. But, not just him. Her marriage was arranged and so she was married to a violent pagan with a terrible temper. He did not take kindly her her Catholic faith either and for many years treated her unkindly. St. Monica prayed and prayed and he, too, came to repentance before his death.

We may or may not live to see our loved ones return to the faith; but, we must continue steadfastly in prayer, sacrifice and love knowing it is pleasing to the Lord.

(Linked to The Kennedy Adventures!)


  1. Beautiful Carol! Saint Monica is very inspiring and such a great example of the power of faithful prayer.

  2. A priest told me I was suffering so much from fibromyalgia, etc. because so many of my family don’t practice their faith. If so, I’m happy to do it if they will convert. There are many casualties of the post-Vatican II wreckage, but World Youth Day gives me hope.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      God bless you for using your suffering for the salvation of souls – especially those of your family. I’m sure that God will reward you in the end for your bravery and sacrifice.

      Yes, I agree about the casualties of Vatican II. So, so many people have been led astray because of the abuses that go on in many churches today. World Youth Day gives me hope; but, so does the resurgence of interest and praying of the Tridentine (sp) Mass.

  3. I’m sure we all have loved ones for whom we’ve been praying for years. I keep praying for the conversion of my sister and her husband, for instance. Though I haven’t been in the position that St. Monica was in, I can relate to her struggles to some degree–and I suspect we all can.

    Thanks for the encouraging words!


  4. It breaks my heart that so many leave the Church. Its also very sad how many sit in the pews but it means nothing to them. Though they are physically present they have mentally and spiritually left the Church.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Very true, that. It breaks my heart, too. If only they understood the amazing love God has for them!

  5. I adore Saint Monica and have brought my petitions to her as well as Saint Rita. In my prayer journal I have poured out my heart to these amazing women…asking for their prayers for my sons, for my husband, ..I find such encouragement and hope when I think about them and their faith…and their hope!!!!!
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    • SimpleCatholic says

      Oh, yes, St. Rita is another great saint for wives and mothers, that’s for sure. I saw a movie about her on EWTN once that was really good!

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