Today, August 27th, we celebrate the feast day of...
Who: St. Monica
What: Also known as Monica of Hippo, she was the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. She is remembered and honored for her outstanding Christian virtues, particularly the suffering caused by her husband's adultery, and her prayerful life dedicated to the reformation of her son, who wrote extensively of her pious acts and life with her in his Confessions.
When: (331-387) canonized Pre Congregation
Where: various places in the Roman Empire
Need to knows:
☕️ When she was young St. Monica was married off to a pagan named Patricius. He was hot tempered and unfaithful to Monica. To make matters worse, Patricius's mom also lived with them and had a temper to rival his.
☕️ They had three children - Perpetua, Navigius, and Augustine.
☕️ Patricius disapproved of Monica's Christian faith and did not allow their children to be baptized. Monica prayed incessantly for her kids and the conversion of her family.
☕️ God answered her prayers. Perpetua and Navigius entered the religious life. Patricius and her mother-in-law converted before their death.
☕️ After continued prayer and pursuit by St. Monica, with the help of St. Ambrose, she eventually converted Augustine to Christianity.
☕️ She died in 387 while traveling with Augustine shortly after his baptism.
☕️ She is the Patron Saint of difficult marriages, disappointing children, victims of adultery or unfaithfulness.
"Nothing is far from God."
“Bury my body wherever you will; let not care of it cause you any concern. One thing only I ask you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord wherever you may be.”
“For my part, my son, I no longer find pleasure in anything that this life holds. What I am doing here still, or why I am still here, I do not know, for worldly hope has withered away for me. One thing only there was for which I desired to linger to linger in this life: to see you a Catholic Christian before I died. And my God has granted this to me more lavishly than I could have hoped, letting me see even you spurning earthly happiness to be his servant. What am I still doing here?”
Saint Monica, ora pro nobis!