The “Monica” Method: How to Evangelize Your Loved One

The next two days mark the feasts of two great saints of the Church, a mother and a son, whose lives give testimony to a sure-fire method of evangelizing those we love.

St. Monica (August 27) is the mother of St. Augustine (August 28), though Augustine was no saint when Monica began her earnest intercession. At that time he was a pagan and a member of the heretical Manichean sect. He was known to be a carouser who lived with a woman to whom he had fathered a child. A brilliant mind, he was “devoted” to his views and his lifestyle, and had no intention of converting to the Catholic faith.

St. Monica was distraught about her son’s dissolute ways and decided to do something about it. She prayed. And in the end, her prayers won the soul of her son.

What was it that made St. Monica’s prayers so effective? I think five strategies are primarily responsible. Perhaps you can implement them as you seek to evangelize those you love.

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The dragon was angry with The Woman

May 14

“Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus.”

–Revelation 12:17

 

Today’s Reflection

Who are “the woman’s offspring” and what does this indicate about the need for vigilance?

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Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

May 13
“The knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary.”

–St. Irenaeus

Today’s Reflection: 

Why was Mary’s obedience so pivotal in salvation history?

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Life on earth is a warfare

May 12
“Recognize it or not, our life on earth is a warfare (see CCC, 409), and every day and age from the beginning of time tells the story of dour combat with diabolic forces, a war between good and evil. This battle originated in the heavens before the dawn of humanity but was not confined there. It spilled onto the earth, placing all generations of humanity in a perpetual
state of general quarters.”
 – Johnnette S. Benkovic and Thomas K. Sullivan
Today’s Reflection
How do I struggle with good and evil in my life? In what ways can I combat evil by prayer of the Rosary, fasting, and almsgiving?

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Docility of heart

May 11
“What do you want of me?”
– Lucia dos Santos to Our Lady of Fatima
Today’s Reflection
Ponder Lucia’s question to Our Lady of Fatima? How is her docility of heart something we can emulate in our own lives?

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Peace is a gift

May 10
“Peace is a gift of God, not the work of politicians.”
– Father Petrus Pavlicek
Today’s Reflection
How can we be more receptive to the peace that only God can give?

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Idleness

May 9
“It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle.”
-Christifidelis Laici, 3
Today’s Reflection
How can you become more engaged in the life of the Church and your Christian faith?

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The final confrontation

May 8
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society, or wide circles of the Christian community, realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church must take up.”

– Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II)

 

Today’s Reflection

Why are so many blind to the spiritual battle that is being waged around us? How can we help the scales to be removed?

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Say the Rosary Every Day

May 7

“Say the Rosary, to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”

– Our Lady of Fatima to the children at Fatima

 

Today’s Reflection

Our Lady of Fatima asked us to pray the rosary for peace in the world. Why is her message more relevant today than ever before? How does this enliven your commitment to praying the Rosary every day?

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Pray your Rosary

May 6

“A priest without a Rosary is like a knight without a sword. With this heavenly weapon, a priest can defeat falsehood, conquer evil, and win innumerable souls for Jesus Christ!”

– Fr. Donald Calloway

 

Today’s Reflection

Pray your Rosary today for the priesthood. Ask Our Lady to increase their fervor this powerful heavenly weapon.

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