It is a tremendous tribute to the prayers of a mother and as St Ambrose the Bishop advising St Monica said, "A son of so many tears cannot be lost"Those prayers didn't just save the soul of her son Augustine, no, she raised up a mighty bishop and Doctor of the Church!
So our feast day cake for the family is based on this beautiful reality..a mother's tears and prayers brought forth a saint and bishop!
This sweet involves some cookie and cake making..The lovely image you see above of St Augustine is what I used as the template for cutting out a big cookie, so if you click on the image it will enlarge, save it to your computer and print up ready for cooking.Here is the cookie already cut out, the template is next to it. Here is my very simple recipe:
Don't let the dough be too thick or you will end up with a stout St Thomas Aquinas instead!
*If cooking the cakes is enough, and all you can do, just print up the image above onto cardboard instead.
Each cake is iced with icing made up using icing sugar, butter and water mixed together with blue food dye added to give a pale blue.
Placing St Augustine on top of the tears tells us that he was raised to the priesthood and to sainthood through the prayerful tears of his mother.
This was hughly successful, it was a VERY yummy catechetical instruction, to say the least!
It is also a wonderful way to combine these two saints together as they should be.