Prayer Warrior

Prayer Warrior

On August 27 we celebrate the feast day of St. Monica. I can identify with her because she’s a mom who obviously cared about the eternal souls of those people around her whom she loved. She spent her entire life praying for others and it paid off. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than knowing that your husband, mother-in-law and son (St. Augustine) are all living their lives for God because of your prayers and persistence.

My oldest is now twenty-two years old and she’s practically living on her own. At first I felt like my job as mother was over, but now I realize that’s it’s far from complete. My job will always be to pray for her as she journeys through life. I believe that my main job right now is to be a prayer warrior.

With all the challenges our kids face academically and socially, praying for our children should be our main priority. It’s tough trying to raise our kids as Christians when so much around them tells them to act and behave otherwise. And so I will look to the example of Saint Monica and try to be the prayer warrior that my family needs.


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About the Author

Judy Zarick is a producer in the Media department at Franciscan Media. She has worked in both video and radio production, where she has produced music videos, faith-formation programs for video, and the popular "Lenten Radio Retreat" and "Advent Radio Retreat" programs for radio. Her primary jobs are as a wife and as a mother to her four children.