Today, we celebrate Saint Monica from the 4th Century who is the patron saint of mothers, invoked for patience and understanding. Saint Monica was the mother of a rebellious man, Augustine, who held no regard for her or others.
Saint Monica certainly faced challenges as Augustine’s mother. She constantly hoped, worked, and acted with great effort for her son’s conversion. Monica's time and commitment toward her son may have caused her to abandon herself. She became an alcoholic but did manage to reform.
Monica was determined and followed her son Augustine across 3 continents during his many rebellious days and years. She prayed constantly for his conversion. Augustine constantly ignored her approaches. He had a longstanding relationship with a woman out of wedlock. They had a child together and Saint Monica became a grandmother.
Monica faced grave disappointments with her son Augustine. He was cruel and it seemed there was nothing she could do to steer Augustine toward a path of righteousness. Still, she tried and tried and then tried again, all seemingly to no avail. Finally, Augustine began to see the light. Monica’s prayers were answered. Augustine began to reform.
Augustine became and is now known as one of the most prolific writers of all time who would later become known as Saint Augustine of Hippo, one of the most brilliant saints and the author of “Confessions.”