Choosing the date

August 15, 2007 | 15 comments

I have a nice little story to share:

I went to the OB’s office today to schedule the induction date. (Because of all the blood thinner/clotting disorder issues we’ll have to induce labor. I don’t love that idea, but agree with my doctors that it’s the most reasonable route.) I knew from the beginning that we’d have to do an induction, so I was delighted when back in April I looked ahead on the calendar to see that the baby was due near the feast days of my confirmation saint, St. Monica (August 27), and her son, St. Augustine (August 28). In my crazier moments I’ve even wondered if it wasn’t more than coincidence that this surprise pregnancy would come to term around those dates.

As I’ve said before, I feel particularly close to St. Monica and believe that I have seen proof of her intercessory prayers on multiple occasions this past year. I’m also enchanted with the writing of her son, St. Augustine, one of the greatest minds in Western history, and feel like I can particularly relate to him and the deep regret he felt for his life away from God. I’m always touched whenever I think of the heavy sorrow he felt for making fun of a friend who became Christian (who died shortly thereafter). I’ve done so many things like that, and it’s somehow comforting to know that even the great Augustine of Hippo made those mistakes. Addressing God, he refers to himself as “I who once did not blush to profess before men all my blasphemies and to bark like a dog against you.” Oh yeah — been there, done that.

Not only can I relate to St. Augustine and admire his greatness as a Christian and as a thinker, but the fact that he his the son of my confirmation saint always serves to remind me of the beauty of my vocation: not only can I try to be a saint myself, but I can try to help my children become saints as well. Without the beautiful witness and tireless dedication of his mother, the man we know as a powerful force for God and Doctor of the Church, the great St. Augustine, may very well have lived out his life in anonymous debauchery.

Anyway, back to the induction: in my prayers over the past few weeks I’ve thrown in a few shout-outs to Sts. Augustine and Monica to ask for their prayers for a healthy baby and smooth delivery. I also made it known that I would really like for the baby to arrive on the feast day of St. Augustine, the 28th, and asked for help making that happen. While the feast day of St. Monica would be great, I thought the idea of having a child on my confirmation saint’s child’s feast day was incredibly inspiring.

So I was disappointed when my doctor and I sat in front of the calendar and, for a variety of reasons, he recommended dates later in August or early in September. We chose a random date in that range that had no significance to me, he noted it in his calendar, and we moved on to the exam. During the exam I had a fleeting thought that it was a bummer that my saints didn’t come through for me this time.

No sooner had the thought crossed my mind when I heard the doctor say, “Wow, you’re already two centimeters dilated and seventy percent effaced.” He thought about it for a moment and announced, “We need to change the date.” The only downside, he explained, was that by moving to a closer date we wouldn’t be able to choose it ourselves. He’d just have to call the hospital and have them squeeze me in whatever day they had available.

He left the room for a while, came back in, and said, “It’s going to have to be August 28th. Does that work for you?”

Sure does.


  1. Kristen Laurence

    I love this story! I am always amazed at how close those saints really are to us. They look out for us, help us when we are in need, and become our good “friends” when we devote ourselves to them particularly.

    Congratulations! Sts. Monica and Augustine are two of my favorites – it will be a glorious day for your baby to enter the world.

  2. Denise

    That’s just one of those “God is so cool” stories.

    Congrats! I had no idea you were due with the baby so soon!!

  3. Abigail

    Hurrah! Nice having “friends” in high place, huh? Best wishes for a smooth delivery and healthy baby.

  4. Melanie B

    What an awesome story! I love Sts. Monica and Augustine. So wonderful that they were able to come through for you on the date! I’ll be praying for a safe delivery.

  5. Bekah

    Beautiful story, although I have to say that as i read that a date was chosen in September, I expected the story to end saying you discovered Sept. 8 as chosen, was our Blessed Mother’s birthday. 😉 Lots of great dates to celebrate this time of year.

    I pray that your birth will be a blessed experience and your child will bring you great love and joy.

  6. Stevie

    Whoa – goose bumps! That’s such a cool story! I didn’t realize you were that close to delivering! I can’t wait to hear all about your precious bundle!!

  7. Colleen

    I, too, have a great love for St. Monica and St. Augustine. In fact, my little boy who was born three months ago is named Augustine. Prayers for you and your precious baby!

  8. Radical Catholic Mom

    I love these stories! I dedicated my first born to St. Anthony (long story) and I only found out later that after 38 hours of labor, 5 of which were pushing her out, she was born on St. A’s feast day! These Saints Rock!

  9. Fireflywishes

    God is so good! Congratz on the new baby! I hope your delivery is smooth and everything goes well! 🙂

  10. Sarahndipity

    That’s so cool!! I love St. Monica. My daugther’s name is Monica. 🙂 I have a lot of family members and friends who have left the Church, including my brother, and I always pray to St. Monica for them

  11. Ouiz

    I absolutely LOVE this story!!! It’s so easy to place them “way out there,” far beyond our normal everyday lives… and then when we can see how they have been interceding for us, it brings them so much closer.

    I’ve said this before, but our former pastor told the RCIA class, “get to know the saints. Get to know the company that you keep.”

  12. Christine the Soccer Mom

    Isn’t God just the most awesome Daddy ever!!?? Even in little things, He cares for us and provides.

    Still keeping you and the baby in my prayers. 🙂

  13. Catholic Mom

    St. Monica is definitely one of my favorites. Please take a look at this post I wrote in January and you will see why I consider her an important ally as a mother.

    I will be praying for you in the coming weeks. Hope the rest of your pregnancy and delivery go smoothly.

    God Bless!

  14. Elena

    Ah, St. Monica was definitely interceding on that one! Great Story!

  15. Monnie

    Oh wow. That’s a great account. My name is Monica and I’ve always loved the fact that I had a mother-saint for a patron, since from a very early age my greatest desire was to be a mother.

    (For the record, I’m not yet married – and therefore, not yet a mother, of course.)

    I hope one day to raise saints for Heaven as St. Monica did.

    My family (especially my sister and brother-in-law) also has a devotion to St. Anthony, St. Joseph, and St. Therese (my confirmation saint).
    The saints ALWAYS come through for us!!!

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