Today marks the memorial day (August 27) of St. Monica the patron saint of difficult marriages. Most of what is known about this devout and patient saint is from her much-loved son, St. Augustine of Hippo. In his book “Confessions”, he relays much detail of Monica’s life.
Monica was married to a pagan man of violent temper and her son, Augustine was practicing the heretical Manichaeism sect along with leading a very immoral life. This caused Monica great anguish and pain. Through her great patience and constant prayers along with her examples of kindness, Monica was blessed with the conversion to Christianity of both her husband and son.
In today’s world of instant gratification, Monica is a sterling example of patience and intercessory prayer. Her many years of prayer and her unfailing trust in Gods will were richly rewarded . We will blog about St. Augustine tomorrow on his feast day!
Memorial Day: August 27
Patron saint of: Difficult Marriages, Alcoholics