St Monica (331 – 387) was born in Tagaste, Algeria. She was the mother of St Augustine of Hippo.

Statue of St Monica holding a book

St Monica’s husband was a “pagan” who, it is said, had a violent temper and multiple wayward habits! Her good deeds towards the Church, helping the poor and needy, annoyed him greatly.

St Monica bore two sons and a daughter. Her husband prevented her from having them baptised so, when her son, Augustine, became seriously ill, she was distraught at the thought of his pending death and non-baptism. Finally, her husband agreed to Augustine’s baptism but as the child’s illness subsided, he withdrew his permission.

Augustine’s life continued to trouble St Monica and it brought her great anguish. His youth was misspent, by his own admission, and it was only after many years of torment, aged 38, that he converted to Christianity.

St Augustine became a greatly respected Doctor of the Church while St Monica is the Patron Saint of difficult marriages and disappointing children! He Feast Day is the 27th August.

St Monica:

Pray that our children will live in a home where honour and respect permeate their daily life.

Glory be to…