Saint Monica, widow
7 Because of this, we have been reassured about you, brothers, in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.
8 For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord.
9 What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you, for all the joy we feel on your account before our God?
10 Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person and to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.
11 Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you,
12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you,
13 so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. (Amen.)
3 But humans you return to dust, saying, “Return, you mortals!”
4 A thousand years in your eyes are merely a yesterday,
5 you have brought them to their end; They disappear like sleep at dawn; they are like grass that dies.
12 Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.
13 Relent, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!
14 Fill us at daybreak with your love, that all our days we may sing for joy.
17 May the favor of the Lord our God be ours. Prosper the work of our hands! Prosper the work of our hands!
42 Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
43 Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into.
44 So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
45 “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time?
46 Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.
47 Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’
49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards,
50 the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
51 and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.