紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, is St. Augustine of Hippo's mother. She was born in 331 A.D. in Tagaste, she was married off to the Roman pagan Patricius, who shared his mother's violent temper. While Monica's prayers and Christian deeds bothered Patricius, he is said to have respected her beliefs. Three children were born to Monica and Patricius: Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. As time passed, Perpetua and Navigius entered the religious life, but unfortunately Augustine became lazy and uncouth. Inspired, Monica followed Augustine to Rome, where she learned he had left for Milan. She continued her persual and eventually came upon St. Ambrose, who helped her convert Augustine to Christianity following his seventeen-year resistance. She died in Ostia, 387 A.D.
St. Monica is the patroness of married women and a model for Christian mothers.
O God, who console the sorrowful and who mercifully accepted the motherly tears of Saint Monica for the conversion of her son Augustine, grant us, through the intercession of them both, that we may bitterly regret our sins and find the grace of your pardon. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
English text: St. Monica - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online
Daily Roman Missal, 2011