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Saint of the Month
The woman we know as Saint Monica was born into a Christian family in Tagasste, Algeria, across the Mediterranean Sea from Rome, in 332 A.D. Like many of her girl friends she married young and she married a pagan, a minor Roman government official named Patricius.
Christians, were few and far between in those days. The marriage was blessed with three children, the oldest and most famous named Augustine.
Patricius was not a model husband. He was short tempered and a carouser. Yet Monica prayed ceaselessly for his conversion.
Prayer of the Month
Saint Monica, prayerful wife and mother, many sorrows anguished your heart during your lifetime, yet you never gave in to desperation or lost hope. With enduring tenacity and unwavering faith, you prayed ardently for the conversion of your troubled husband and for your beloved son Augustine. God answered your tearful prayers and I ask that I may be granted the same enduring patience and trust in the Lord.
Saint Monica, pray that God may listen to the sorrows of my heart and bless me with the grace to embrace His will for my life. All to the glory of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.