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Day of Prayer will focus on Sts. Monica, Augustine
by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff
(From the Aug. 21, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Father James Peak, parochial vicar of Spokane’s St. Thomas More Parish, will present a Day of Prayer at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 W. Ben Burr Road. The theme for the day will be “St. Monica and St. Augustine.”
“Although these saints lived 16 centuries ago,” Father Peak said, “their lives are just as relevant for us today. Their stories are not too different than our own. St. Augustine led a life that was a far cry from the church before his conversion, and even after his conversion he continued to struggle in many aspects of his life. His mother, St. Monica, went through what many parents are currently going through today – the loss of their children to the ways of the world, followed by years of agonizing worry and prayer, hoping they will return to the Faith.”
The plan for this Day of Prayer, said Father Peak, is to focus on how the writing, teachings, and witness of these two saints can have an impact on our own daily spiritual lives. Father Peak will present a brief history of their lives, and he will introduce some of the writings of St. Augustine. Throughout the day, there will be opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
“It is important to know the saints,” Father Peak continued. “They encountered the same struggles and problems that we do today, and they ultimately triumphed. Their lives encourage and guide us as we strive to be conformed to Jesus Christ.”
There will be relics of Sts. Monica and Augustine present during the day, with opportunities to venerate the relics after the talks.
(There is a fee of $40 to attend this Day of Prayer. For more information, call Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, (509) 448-1224.)