Saint Monica and her son, Saint Augustine.

Saint Monica and her son, Saint Augustine.

Today’s Word:

“Nothing is Far from God.”


On This Date…

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

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.”

– Father McLaughlin

Lower Your Net for God

Today’s Word:

Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.
(Luke 5:4)


On This Date…

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On September 5, 1997, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India died in Calcutta at age 87. She was born in Albania on August 26, 1910.

View my earlier post about Mother Teresa and Saint Monica »

Mother Teresa left home at age 18 to be a missionary sister in India. She joined the Sisters of Loreto, and began teaching at Saint Mary’s School for Girls in Calcutta. She eventually accepted the role of principal for the high school.

In 1950, Mother Teresa left the Sisters of Loreto to found the Missionaries of Charity. Today, the Missionaries of Charity has over 4,500 nuns in 133 countries.

Mother Teresa was beatified on October 19, 2003.

Mother Teresa once said:

We can do no great things, only small things with great love. …It is how much love we put into the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.

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In today’s Gospel, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”

Mother Teresa lowered the net of her love around the poor and did “something beautiful for God.”

– Father McLaughlin