Friday, May 12, 2006

A Protestant Honors a Catholic Mother
Chuck Colson Lauds St. Monica

In the latest edition of his on-line column, Charles Colson, the born-again Christian who has devoted himself to prison ministry, pens a nice article about two Catholic saints. Of course, it has the usual Protestant slant, so I have provided an abbreviated version below – with appropriate Catholic Caveman commentary.

"In honor of Mother's Day, I'd like to tell you a story about one mother whose devotion shaped not only her son's life but countless others, as well.

"Her name was Monica. A Christian [Catholic], she was married to a prominent man who wasn't a believer [aka, a pagan]. He was unfaithful and even beat her at times. Monica's response was to go to church [Mass] every day and [receive Holy Communion and] pray for his conversion. And that's exactly what happened.

"The suffering and anguish caused by her husband paled before what Monica's oldest son put her through. He lived a dissolute life, devoted to pleasure. He left one mistress and took up with another. His only son was born out-of-wedlock.

"Still, Monica never gave up. The greatest preacher of the time, Bishop [bishop? bishop of what? oh yeah, the CATHOLIC Church!] Ambrose of Milan, was right. At the age of 35, Monica's son, [later bishop and Saint] Augustine, became a [Catholic] Christian and was baptized. This devotion to the spiritual welfare of her son is why [Saint] Monica is regarded as the model for all Christian mothers. "

By the way, Chuck, Saint Monica's boy is also the one who said: “For my part, I should not believe the gospel except moved by the authority of the Catholic Church.” No offense, but you might want to remind the 66-book Protestants about that, too .

4 Comments:

Blogger Dymphna said...

I think one of these days Chuck is going to convert. I'd happily trade Rod Dreher for him.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Keep praying for Rod as well...his faith has been shaken; it's up to us to help strengthen the faith.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Dymphna, I tend to agree. I have seen him defend the Pope and various Catholic teachings on more than once occasion. If he is as honest with himself as he is in his articles, the Truth will bring him home.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Colson did a nice job in that article. (I linked to it, too.)

Be fair, now, he also gave links to several Catholic sources and said that St. Augustine's work was a "must-read" for all Christians. If you read the work, you'll see Augstine's love for the Mother Church.

Perhaps Colson will study himself into the Church. It's happened before.

3:53 PM  

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