Yesterday was the feast of Saint Augustine’s mother, Monica, and today we honor him. When he was a young man, Augustine didn’t care one bit about Jesus. He so full of pride, he couldn’t believe in God, and he sinned all the time. But through his mother’s prayers and the powerful words of Saint Ambrose, Augustine believed in Jesus. The only problem was, he thought he had sinned too much to ever be a Christian. He asked the Lord to end his sinful nature once and for all. Suddenly, he heard a child’s voice singing, “Take up and read!” He grabbed a book of the Letters of Saint Paul and the first thing he read was, “Put away all impurity and live in imitation of Jesus.” From that moment on, Augustine had the grace to live a Christian life. He became a great priest, bishop and writer whom Christians still look up to today.
Did you ever have a bad day when you did one naughty thing after another and it seemed like you couldn’t help yourself? That’s probably how Saint Augustine felt when he first believed in Jesus but didn’t think he could ever stop sinning. The answer was to trust in the Lord and to make up his mind to live like Jesus lived. Today, memorize a verse from one of the letters of St. Paul that talks about putting away impurity: Colossians 3:5: "Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, , passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry)."