Today is the feast of St. Monica, mother of the well-known theologian St. Augustine. Many see her as an example of the adage, “Behind every good man stands a good woman.” Some would say her concerns for her son were a bit “over the top” but her resulting success in having him turn his life around seems indisputable. One might prefer to focus it as the work of God but Monica was certainly one of those persistent mothers who knocked on God’s door without ceasing. Her efforts in saving her son from himself remind me of a song by Marty Haugen entitled “Bambelela” (“Never Give Up”). It’s a great reminder in times like this when some days seem too stressful—and a reason to thank God for mothers and those others who lead us to the straight and narrow path.