Dear St Monica,
troubled wife and mother,
many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime.
Yet, you never despaired or lost faith.
With confidence, persistence, and profound faith,
you prayed daily for the conversion
of your beloved husband, Patricius,
and your beloved son, Augustine;
your prayers were answered.
Grant me that same fortitude, patience,
and trust in the Lord.
Intercede for me, dear St. Monica,
that God may favourably hear my plea for
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and grant me the grace to accept His Will in all things,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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.
Great St. Monica,
patroness of fathers and mothers,
please take our children,
especially those who have turned
from the ways of God and His Church,
under your protection.
Help them always remain faithful
to their baptismal vows.
Give them strength to walk always
in the ways of the Lord,
despite the temptations
and false values they find in the world today.
Grant that they may share with you
in the joys of eternal life in God. Amen.
For Lost Souls
St Monica, the mother of Augustine, our Lord Jesus mercifully answered your tears. The fruit of your prayers was the conversion of your son to a genuinely holy life. From the heights of your heavenly home, happy mother of your saintly son, pray for those who wander far from God and add your prayers to those of all parents who sorrow over the straying souls of their sons or daughters. Pray for us that, following your example and that of all God’s children, we may at length enjoy the eternal vision of our Father in Heaven. Amen.
O Glorious St. Monica, after a lifetime of tearful prayers, fasting, and sacrifice, you were at last granted the happiness of witnessing, both your husband’s and son’s conversion.
After your son Augustine returned to the faith, you said: “God has granted this to me in more than abundance. What am I still doing here?” A few days later, you died happily at peace with God and His world.
Grant us that same peace, faith, and acceptance of God’s Will, that we may live all our years in serenity and go joyfully to our heavenly home, secure in the knowledge of eternal salvation. Amen.
For God’s Forgiveness
O God, the Comforter of the sorrowful
and the Salvation of those that put their trust in Thee,
You who had merciful regard to the loving tears of blessed Monica
in bringing about the conversion of her son Augustine;
grant that by their united intercession,
we may grieve over our sins
and attain grace and pardon from You.
This we ask through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one world without end. Amen.
… St Monica, Pray for Us …