On August 28, 430AD Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75; in his Rule, followed by Norbertines, he asks us “to be of one mind and one heart on the way to God,” words that begin the Archmere Prayer.
On August 28, 1784 Father Junipero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69; he became a Franciscan at age 17, and founded nine missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco, a distance of 514 miles.
In today’s Gospel Jesus called His disciples to be “the salt of the earth and the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14). Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King were salt and light for our world, as is Father John Zagarella, O.Praem. whose birthday is today.
On August 27, 387, Saint Monica died in Ostia, the seaport of Rome, at age 65, after an illness of nine days. She had two sons and a daughter. Saint Augustine was her oldest child, and she had prayed for his conversion since he was 16 years old. Augustine was baptized in 387 at age 32, along with his own 16 year old son, Adeodatus. Saint Monica was present and was overjoyed at the baptisms of her son and grandson; both Augustine and Adeodatus were with Monica when she died.
On August 27, 1910 Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India was born in Yugoslavia. She entered the convent in Ireland at age 18 and that same year went as a missionary to India where she first taught high school and later became principal of a girls’ academy; she served in India until her death in 1997.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Saint Monica’s last words to Augustine were, “Nothing is far from God,” words Mr. Gabriel posted today on the Oratory screen. Through the lives of Saint Monica and Mother Teresa we know that “nothing is far from God.”