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« on: August 27, 2010, 02:47:12 PM »

Son, nothing in this world now affords me delight. I do not know what there is now for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled.

--Saint Monica, about the conversion of Saint Augustine of Hippo
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010, 02:55:53 PM »

What hope this great saint inspires for mothers who pray for the conversion of their family.
She, through her prayers not only converted her wayward son Augustine, but also her husband and other family members. Thanks to the prayers of St Monica, her son St Augustine has his own feast day tomorrow.

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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2010, 05:15:58 PM »

St. Monica, ora pro nobis! Cheesy

Such a splendid mother!
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2010, 08:56:50 AM »

Son, as far as I am concerned, nothing in this life now gives me any pleasure. I do not know why I am still here, since I have no further hopes in this world. I did have one reason for wanting to live a little longer: to see you become a Catholic Christian before I died. God has lavished his gifts on me in that respect, for I know that you have even renounced earthly happiness to be his servant. So what am I doing here?

-- Saint Monica
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2020, 07:43:12 PM »

It is interesting that in Milan Augustine came under the influence of the bishop, Saint Ambrose, who also became Monica's spiritual director.
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2021, 04:42:17 PM »

St. Monica and her son spent six months at Rus Cassiciacum after which Augustine was baptized by     
Ambrose in the church of St. John the Baptist at Milan.
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2021, 05:51:55 PM »

When her son Augustine fell ill, Monica asked her spouse Patricius to allow Augustine to be baptized. Patricius agreed.
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2021, 11:19:27 AM »

Saint Monica of Hippo.
 Patron of Wives and Abused Victims

Saint Monica was born in 322 at Tagaste in northern Africa, precisely, present day Algeria. She was born of Christian parents and raised in piety. At the age of 20, she was given in marriage to a man SQPN describes as “a bad-tempered, adulterous pagan named Patricius”.
Monica suffered much at the hands of this “rough and angry” man as Saint Augustine describes is father in his book -the Confessions of Saint Augustine. The copy I have  and love, is a very, very simplified and shortened copy by Father Malachy Cullen O.S.A. for Saint Paul Publications- Africa. I would like to quote from it a paragraph which gives some insight into the life Monica had with her husband Patricius:

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My father was Patricius,  a pagan and a rough and angry man. My mother  Monica was a Christian, one of the sweetest and best of women. At that time, husbands often used to beat their wives. When the wives came to draw water at the well, they used to cry and show one another the marks of their beatings. They wondered why my mother never had any marks to show. They said , “ Monica, your husband is a very angry kind of man and he commits adultery with other women. Yet you never quarrel and he never beats you. Why is this?”
My mother answered, “the one thing I want is peace in our home. I know that he follows other women but I do not abuse him. When he is angry with me, I am silent. I just pray to God in my heart until he has finished shouting. Later on when he is quiet, I tell him why I did this or that. That is my secret”
Wow! What a woman!
They had three children. Augustine, Navigius and Perpetua, with Augustine being the eldest child, the first born.
Through her patience and prayers, she was able to convert Patricius who reportedly converted on his death bed. Patricius mother also converted at the same time as his son.
  Patricius died  in 371, one year after his conversion.
 Following the death of her husband, Augustine, her eldest son, became her sole preoccupation. When Augustine was seventeen, he went to study at Carthage. From that time,  he abandoned God, embracing Manichaeism instead, and living altogether, a wayward life that included a mistress.
Monica prayed earnestly for Saint Augustine’s conversion. Her  hope and consolation were the words of a Bishop  she had turned  to and begged  "with floods of tears” to talk to her son. This is what the Bishop reportedly said to her:
“ It is impossible that the son of so many tears will be lost.”
Indeed Saint Augustine himself talks of his mothers tears in the book mentioned above when he was describing his mother’s prayers on his behalf: Here is how he described it:
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“ She prayed for me at Mass every morning and at Evening Prayer and at every hour of the day. When she prayed, she used to lie flat on the ground and press her face against it and water it with her tears. And you of God of mothers, did not despise her tears.”
Monica followed Augustine to Rome in 383 and then to Milan in 386 where in 387, he was baptized at Easter.
She lived with Augustus and his son, Adeodatus.
Her mission successfully accomplished, Monica was on her trip to Africa but she died at Ostia, Italy in 387 as they were awaiting a ship to take them back to Africa.
Monica is the patroness of married women and is regarded as a model  for Christian mothers.
Saint Monica,
Pray for us!
Amen, this post first appeared on August 27, 2011, by Odhiambo.
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2022, 05:52:05 PM »

St. Monica's prayers and example won her mother-in-law to Christianity.   
 
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