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Hoy celebramos a Santa Monica, patrona de mujeres casadas y modelo de madres cristianas

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8/27/2018 (7 months ago)
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 "Cuantas lagrimas derramo esa santa mujer por la conversion del hijo! ¡Y cuantas mamas tambien hoy derraman lagrimas para que los propios hijos regresen a Cristo! ¡No perdais la esperanza en la gracia de Dios!", dijo el Papa Francisco en agosto del 2013.

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REDACCION CENTRAL (ACI Prensa) -Santa Monica nacio en Tagaste (africa) en el año 331. Siendo joven y por un arreglo de sus padres, se caso con Patricio, un hombre violento y mujeriego.

Algunas mujeres le preguntaron por que su marido nunca la golpeaba, entonces les dijo: "Es que, cuando mi esposo esta de mal genio, yo me esfuerzo por estar de buen genio. Cuando el grita, yo me callo. Y como para pelear se necesitan dos y yo no acepto la pelea, pues.... no peleamos".

Sin embargo, Monica nunca dejo de rezar y ofrecer sacrificios por la conversion de su esposo, quien cambio de vida, se bautizo y murio como buen cristiano.

Pero su dolor no terminaria ahi. Agustin, su hijo mayor, tenia actitudes egoistas, caprichosas, y no se acercaba a la fe. Llevaba una vida disoluta y ella sufria por ver a su hijo alejado de Dios. Es por eso que durante años siguio rezando y ofreciendo sacrificios.

Cierto dia se acerco a un Obispo para contarle su pesar. El Prelado le respondio diciendo: "Este tranquila, es imposible que se pierda el hijo de tantas lagrimas".  

Ella siente realizada su mision cuando, tiempo despues, San Agustin es bautizado en la Pascua del 387. Luego muere en el puerto de Ostia, africa, a los 55 años.

En el angelus del 27 de agosto del 2006, el Papa Benedicto XVI, recordando a estos dos santos, dijo: "Santa Monica y San Agustin nos invitan a dirigirnos con confianza a Maria, trono de la Sabiduria. A ella encomendamos a los padres cristianos, para que, como Monica, acompañen con el ejemplo y la oracion el camino de sus hijos".

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