Our saint of the week for this week is:
Feast Day: August 27
Monica was married through an arrangement to a violent-tempered pagan man, who was critical of Christians and their practices. Monica endured his outbursts with much patience, and her gentleness and kindness finally paid off: her husband accepted his wife’s faith a year before his death. They had 3 children: Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua, a daughter who became a religious.
Augustine was sent to Carthage to study, but in the process he fell into grievous sin. He accepted the Manichean heresy (all flesh is evil). Monica prayed for his conversion for 17 years, all while he resisted her attempts to convert him. She begged the prayers of priests, who tried to avoid her for a while because of her persistence at this seemingly hopeless endeavor. However, one priest did console her by saying, “It is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish.”
All her hard work paid off: Augustine converted, and was baptized by St. Ambrose in 387. However, soon after her life was filled with so much joy, the life of her son was to fill with much sorrow. Monica died soon after.
She is the patron saint of married women, mothers, wives, homemakers and housewives, and widows.
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