Saint Monica

St. Monica was born in Northern Africa about 331. She was the daughter of Christian parents and the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo, as well as two younger children, Navigius and Perpetua. St. Monica’s husband was pagan, yet she faithfully kept Christian values prominent in the home. Through her testimony, both her husband and her son, St. Augustine – after 17 years of resistance, converted to Christianity. St. Monica’s faithful spirit is evident in the pages of her son’s famous work, Confessions. For centuries, women have prayed to St. Monica to aid wayward children and husbands. She is the patron saint of married women, and Santa Monica, CA is named in her honor.

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