Commemoration of the Deceased Relatives of Members of our Order
Today we remember all of the deceased relatives of members of the Order of Saint Augustine. We recognize that many of them were particularly influential in accompanying us in our journey to and through religious life. Our indebtedness to them, as well as our natural affection for them through the ties of blood, moves us to pray in a special way for their eternal happiness and peace.
The example of Saint Augustine himself, who recalled with great sentiment in Book 9 of his Confessions, his own departed mother and father, asking that they not be forgotten, instruct us: "Inspire, O my Lord, my God, inspire your servants my brethren, your sons my masters, whom with voice and heart and pen I serve, so that as many of them as read these words may at your altar remember Monica, your handmaid, together with Patricius, sometime her husband, by whose flesh you brought me into his life..." (Confessions, IX, 13, 37).