With the approach of All Souls Day, let us remember that the love of St. Augustine for his mother, St. Monica, moved him to continue to offer his love for her through the supreme and saving sacrifice of the eucharistic celebration.
Given the recent exposure of corruption in the Chruch, some are tempted to resurrect the ancient heresy of the Donatists. Those outside the Church, as well as some within, wonder why any Catholic would bother attending Mass or receiving the sacraments or listening to the Church at all.
Non-Catholic Christians entering the Church through the RCIA program often point out that they’ve heard about how Catholics practice idolatry: the worship of “graven images” and/or saints. Many of them complain that idolatry is the single biggest objection their Protestant friends have against Catholics.
St. Augustine’s life provides us with an example of the sublime fruits of grace which Christ bestows upon those who fall in love with the Divine Teacher of Truth. In doing so, Augustine was drawn to the Catholic Church, the holy dwelling place in which the fullness of truth subsists through the ages.
St. Monica: “Son, as far as I am concerned, nothing in this life now gives me any pleasure. I do not know why I am still here, since I have no further hopes in this world.”