aggrenox compared to clopidogrel for stroke elimination nolvadex dosage half life warfarin without food dapoxetine or tramadol clomid causing irregular periods taking vyvanse with celexa for odd how many hours do side effect last off sertraline 50 mg cephalexin 500 mg every 4 hours generic glucophage howdotofound paxil and rectal bleeding can you drink alcohol with celebrex antibiotic resistant strep throat treatment how many 220mg of naproxen can i take before i overdose dog doxycycline every 12 hours topiramate efectos secundarios dose of acyclovir in newborn seratine sandoztopamax ciprofloxacino cinfa 500 mg para sirve side effects of periactin 4 mg in cats topiramate 50 mg dosage cialis blutgerinnung cipro dosage for strep ciprofloxacin 250 dosage augmentin mepha order levitra wiki thuoc tay atorvastatin 20 mg topamax dose for migraine prophylaxis propranolol hydrochloride and viagra azithromycin oral suspension used for running nose can celebrex interfere with morning after pill propecia order for hair loss vardenafil 15mg chances of pregnancy with metformin misoprolol ez lo mismo qe clopidogrel succinato x tartarato de metoprolol hold plavix before cabg doxycycline hyclate 100mg dog cough azithromycin 500 mg wat they for vardenafil howdotofound canada lamisil once intimbereich ambien and escitalopram topiramate articles strattera ansiedad why gain weight on zoloft buy levitra online paypal under what conditions is thyroxine released estradiol fsh menopausia esomeprazole 20 mg stada signs that you might need viagra cheap viagra radio ad kamagra tablets pay with paypal uk doxycycline counseling points amlodipine anti anxiety best over the counter substitutes for viagra 250 mg of cipro for uti difference between valtrex and acyclovir linezolid solubility in water viagra online romania finasteride made me sterile terbinafine and pregnancy tachyarrhythmia absoluta metoprolol what does generic 100 viagra look like azithromycin single dose dosage telmisartan patent expiry uk can milk help with metformin side effects does viagra come in different dosages cuanto duran los colicos con cytotec amoxicillin squirrel dosing ketoconazole cream used for acne erythromycin mood allegra red bank nj can i take bactrim and cipro at same time allegra d xpe cyproterone acetate ethinyl estradiol tablets uses prednisone how to pronounce robaxin 750 uses buy viagra at chemist lexapro and enlarged pupils where to buy powder singulair sachets flagyl and doxycycline lyme medicamento generico de cytotec plavix cause heart attack amoxicillin 500 mg and acne temporary side effects with celexa norvasc vision side effects what cold medicine can i take with lisinopril does cialis give a larger erection zoloft abruptly stopping how effective is stromectol nitroglycerin with levitra acyclovir for cold sores otc olaf och principen om tilldelade befogenheter can you buy phenergan elixir over the counter prednisone and steroid cream purchase sertraline tablets pastillas tadalafil heart racing with celexa iv acyclovir dose for meningitis cialis 70 mg vs 5 mg daily does zithromax still work if you drink alcohol furosemide iv and po common 6 day cipro dosage for uti ventolin inyectable como abortar con misoprostol levaquin generic available buy tadalafil retail in new zealand viagra florida delivery get rx viagra acyclovir mata zovirax acyclovir bahasa indonesia nya cold turkey gabapentin when will accutane side effects start seroquel xr and zopiclone zithromax dose syphilis nexium cold hands antidepressant tunnel vision quanto costa feldene crema ciprofloxacin cell culture mycoplasma can a nine year old take diflucan lexapro 20mg klonopin and vyvanse taken together prednisone 100 mg dry mouth best off brand viagra zyprexa interactions drug carvedilol hexal 12 5mg withdrawal side effects from sertraline prozac yan etkileri how much does a perscription of cialis cost metformin hcl er 500 mg tablet odd odor cefaclor amoxicillin imipramine 25 mg proscar hair loss side effects finasteride whartisthebestin canada cialis et maladie du coeur zoloft gotas generic piroxicam furosemide 20mg tab ran can flagyl generic 400m cure trichomoniasis misoprostol cost in india viagra and stud spray usage allopurinol baownbeuv online adalat 20 nov episode sniffing amoxicillin and potassium tablets what does the drug metoprolol succer do plavix two years cuanto tardan en deshacerse las pastillas cytotec plavix surgery taking 2 mg propecia viagra price comparisons xenical online cialis if your young sould a 11 yr old drink bactrim viagra blue skin buspar every 6 hours colcrys 0.6 mg tablet generic telmisartan mg can you get azithromycin online verschil tussen clomid en pregnyl bactrim 3 day dosing uti viagra suppositories for men can bactrim get rid of chlamydia uso de metronidazole linezolid pret is zoloft safe during early pregnancy erythromycin 250 mg oral suspension how fast do cipro pills work typical prednisone dosage for poison ivy harga dexamethasone tablet amiodarone 200 mg dosage viagra under 25 digoxin 5mg lexapro days to work progyluton and metformin 500 mg amitriptyline dergboadre for sale pastillas que contengan cytotec para que sirve zovirax tabletas acyclovir prednisone side effects cialis online brand inderal nph plavix and fluconazole interaction tadalafil at wlamart kamagra bertibarots overnight lexapro 20 mg weight loss que pasa si tomo 7 captopril de 50g situazione economica cipro does wellbutrin reduce appetite phenergan pediatrics wer wurde durch metformin schwanger dosage of 500mg amoxicillin for leptospirosis side effects of metronidazole stat dose can i take ondansetron with metformin tobramycin and dexamethasone ophthalmic cost dog on prednisone how control urination se puede tomar piroxicam div celexa for ocd reviews ketoconazole shampoo used for hair loss strettera same class as wellbutrin cephalexin for rhinitis propecia affect weight liftging ivermectin liver failure cong dung cua thuoc propranolol how long does doxycycline take to cure chlamydia xenical slimming pills in the phils. price lek zoloft kako deluje cheapest wellbutrin accutane bruising gabapentin side effects 2400 mg buy estradiol patch online no prescription bad pms on clomid wie teuer ist cymbalta hcg and clomid for testosterone aripiprazole genetic polymorphism cialis tqeovertoz discount xn--b1afpdqbb8d.xn--p1ai what year did zyprexa come on the market for cymbalta rage sertraline how long should side effects last cymbalta effect on sleep how long till metronidazole tablets work 500mg propecia online south africa oral thrush fluconazole takes to work buy prednisone steroids kegunaan obat nizoral salp apa itu ketoconazole cream can you take montelukast with excedrin cephalexin cross reaction linezolid 600 mg dosage atarax 2mg ml ??urup vitamins over the counter better than viagra anafranil and prozac together valtrex vs. viroxyn can i take flagyl every 6 hours will quetiapine fumarate get you high cipro skip dose who are the actresses in the cialis lexapro with melatonin non seddating antidepressants can using 50 and 100 mg clomid result multiples drugbank acyclovir dosing of linezolid for mrsa does prednisone help sinus infection can cymbalta cause electrical shock feeling in hips can you shoot buspar generico del lasix side effects of too much synthroid medicine prodotti simili a viagra can you take two 25 mg zoloft price of erythromycin in the philippines sildenafil abz erfahrungsbericht buy doxycycline online canada valacyclovir what does it do can you get high off prometrium allopurinol and wine gabapentin und carbamazepin levitra cheap canada flagyl 7 dagar wellbutrin xl product information cheap synthroid online dayquil and zithromax. doxycycline hyclate vs monohydrate for lymes viagra blocage psychologique can you take diflucan and antibiotics at same time sibo flagyl eye leakage dosage cialis onece a day review how does oral zovirax work cytotec and fda approval wellbutrin 450 mg adhd seroquel clonazepam interaction neurontin and night sweats femara bertibarots no prescription flagyl one time dose bv amoxicillin clavulanate potassium 600 mg ivermectina en perros golden ziromac azithromycin 250 mg in urdu allegra d no longer prescription diovan hct coupon amoxicillin and tanning how do you pronounce prednisone welcher arzt bei viagra is tamiflu and acyclovir the same lamisil cream price hong kong ventolin como usarlo flagyl mot crohns cymbalta sospensione effetti prednisone side effects lyphocytes amoxicillin dosage for uti in adults misoprostol en farmacia cruz verde chile cialis20 tadalafil hong can you take cipro without tendon damage price of lexapro no insurance accutane raise cholesterol how much 60mg prednisone pill equals how much in an iv accutane spironolactone side effects does neurontin cause bad breath para que serve o medicamento levitra can i take 30 mg of levitra how does ventolin affect the lungs can i take pm pain pills with montelukast 10 mg tab apo walmart propecia pricing rite aid celexa 400mg zithromax atenolol and its side effects cyproheptadine hydrochloride tablets in uk albuterol nebulizer .083 hcpcs prozac 40 to 60 claritin d vs allegra lawsuits against metformin bupropion and weight loss zyvox cheapest where in ghana can i get misoprostol to buy tadalafil capsule mfg can i use edex one day after cialis 20mg how long will it take for ciprodex to work zoloft taken with lexapro citrato de tamoxifeno serve para que kamagra chewable mrp do doxycycline 100 mg take away pid. metronidazole tablets 250 mg while third pregnant informacion sobre valacyclovir tamoxifen tab 10 mg take empty stomach dosage for albuterol inhaler for 5 year old increasing celexa from 20 to 30 mg lnter action xeloda semibar capsule lexapro 10 mg farmacias ahumada what doses does olanzapine come in aciclovir te koop can u take unasom and phenergan at same time can you use ketoconazole shampoo on kitten montelukast sodium 2mg tablets in india mobic sales warfarin prescribing guidelines uk ncbi metformin liver cual es la dosis de cytotec para abortar de 1 mes diflucan tab. price bumex with lasix vip viagra men and women where to purchase levitra contraindications of fluconazole can celebrex and endep 10 be taken together tamoxifen 2d6 genotyping can bactrim cause u to stuffy nose t.flagyl 400mg side effe what kind of medicine is bupropion femara 5 mg pcos diflucan and fungal mastitis versandapotheken preisvergleich nexium generic lexapro overdose can lopressor cause low platelets amitriptyline and lorazepam together viagra decreased effectiveness in re bextra and celebrex triflusal versus clopidogrel can i take ibuprofen with erythromycin how does cytotec misoprostol works ventolin syrup doses receeding hair on propecia mobic 15 mg webmd cipralex or citalopram with plmd kamagra oral jelly prevod na srpskom clomid 50 mg wikipedia low pulse rate propranolol clomid in urdu

Saint Monica for Today

The power of a mother’s love.
by Sabrina Ferrisi | Source: National Catholic Register
ST. MONICA: The Power of a Mother’s Love

by Giovanni Falbo

Pauline Books & Media, 2007

142 pages, $14.95

To order:

If you thought that problems in marriage and child-rearing were something peculiar to the 21st century, think again.

St. Monica: the Power of a Mother’s Love, a beautifully written biography by Father Giovanni Falbo, shows us that these problems existed even in the fourth century. Her life is a case study of someone who was able to overcome extreme difficulties through the transformative power of prayer, love and perseverance.

Monica’s parents, though deeply Catholic, arranged for her to marry a pagan known as Patricius. Patricius turned out to be an adulterer given to outbursts of anger. Because married women were considered property, Monica had no choice but to withstand his bad character.

She dealt with Patricius’ difficult personality through charity and heroic forbearance. When his behavior became intolerable, she would cease to speak to him, yet show him love through her actions. Monica refused to be a doormat. If Patricius committed an injustice, she would wait for the right moment and speak to him about it.

Monica’s prayers and integrity won out in the end. She lived to see Patricius convert before his death. Yet it was her son who would cause her the strongest grief.

Monica and Patricius realized early that Augustine, their first-born, was brilliant. They sent him to a boarding school in Carthage when he was a teenager because of the superior education. Patricius did so because he was ambitious for Augustine to appear better than anyone else. Monica intuited that Augustine’s greatness would spring forth from his knowledge.

While he was in Carthage, Augustine gave free rein to his passions, met a woman and fathered a son. To make matters worse, he also joined the heretical Manichean sect.

“A terrible period followed,” Father Falbo writes. “Monica found no peace and would have died of a broken heart if God had not comforted her as only God knows how to do. One night, Monica had a hard time falling asleep, but as soon as she dozed off, God showed her in a dream the wonders he had prepared for the future.”

This biography, masterfully translated from the Italian, is gripping and fast-paced. It does not simplify the story. And with few exceptions — as in the descriptions of the remains of St. Monica — it does not get too bogged down in unnecessary details.

Father Falbo does a magnificent job of telling us St. Monica’s life story without ignoring St. Augustine. Yet he keeps the focus on Monica. When appropriate, he quotes from the great works of Augustine to talk about how God used Monica to bring her son back into the Church.

The final chapter wraps up the book by discussing Monica’s relevance for families today.

“Monica is still a witness for our time, not because she had a perfect family but because she did not run away from her responsibilities,” Father Falbo writes. “She did not shut herself up in the ivory tower of her faith and religiosity, dismissing the practical concerns of her life. Neither did she lose or compromise her Christian identity, even though she threw herself entirely into the ambiguous situations of her family.”

For Catholic families who try to nurture Godly marriages and children — and who face apparent failure — this is an inspiring and relevant story.

Sabrina Arena Ferrisi writes from Larchmont, New York.

Click Here to Donate Now!

Join the new media evangelization. Your tax-deductible gift allows to build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. Please help us promote the Church's new evangelization by donating to right now. God bless you for your generosity.




Post a Comment
Write a comment on this article

Email required (will not be published)
required Country

Most Popular