Friday, August 27, 2021
St. Monica was the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. She was married to a pagan who was a cruel man and who would not allow her to baptize their children. She prayed for her husband and mother-in-law and eventually they converted. Augustine lived a worldly life and had no interest in practicing his mother’s Christian faith. St. Monica persisted in prayer and fasting, and eventually her son not only became a fervent Christian, but became energized about spreading the faith.
St. Monica is the patron saint of married women, difficult marriages, difficult relationships with children, victims of adultery, and conversion of relatives. Her feast day is August 27.