Imagine a Christian woman, living in North Africa 300AD, married to a Pagan with quite a temper and an eye for the ladies… she was patient, kind, respectful and gentle and thanks to this, her husband never turned his hand to her. Monica counselled other women who were victims of domestic violence, and helped them in their situations.
Her husband, Patricius, eventually converted to Christianity and eased up on his temper. Think she’s an amazing woman? There’s more….
Although one of her three sons, Augustine, was a successful scholar, he brought shame on the family with his debauchery- he even had a mistress for ten years! Monica pleaded with the Bishop to tame her wayward son, but the Bishop wouldn’t, instead advising Monica to continue to pray for her son. Her prayers worked, and today we know her son as Saint Augustine of Hippo.
Saint Monica is the patron saint of those with difficult marriages, disappointing children, victims of domestic & verbal abuse, alcholics, wives and widows.
Prayer to Saint Monica
Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray. Amen.