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Saint Monica is a patron saint for mothers and wives. She was an exemplary woman who never gave up hope and her faith in God among all the tribulations in her family life.

If there are mothers out there who suffer from children gone astray, here is your saint whom you could take as a role model. For wives whose husbands are disloyal and abusive, Saint Monica is also your saint whom you could ask for prayer.

The woman we know as St. Monica was born into a Christian family in Tagaste, 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. Her sweet piety, patience and persistence paid off. One day Patricius accepted Baptism but he lived only a short year as a Christian before he died.

Her son Augustine was a constant concern for this patient and forgiving mother. Brilliant and likable, Augustine, much to Monica’s dismay, took after his father – refused to accept baptism and began saying the Manichaean heresy was right and Christians wrong. For years Monica prayed, fasted and cried silently into her pillow for the wasted, dissolute life her oldest was leading.

God was listening. He heard and finally answered these prayers of this faithful mother. Augustine, abandoning his sinful ways, accepted Baptism from the great preacher, scholar and Doctor of the Church, St. Ambrose of Milan, on Easter Sunday, 387 A.D.

Augustine’s mother, St. Monica died shortly after at the age of 55, secure in the knowledge that he son had heard God’s call and her work on earth was finished.

St. Monica is also the patroness of troubled parents, homemakers and widows. Her feast is celebrated in the Church on August 27th.

You are invited to join in the two Special Novenas of Masses and Prayers.