SAINT MONICA, MEMORIAL: AUGUST 27
Born in 332, in North Africa, of a Christian family, married to a pagan, Patricius, whom she brought to the faith, Monica is best known as the mother of St Augustine of Hippo. She had four children altogether. She prayed and wept for Augustine, and his conversion filled her with joy. He has left an account of her death: detached from the world by a life of prayer and sense of God, she gladly left it. She died in 387.
God of mercy,
comfort of those in sorrow,
the tears of Saint Monica moved you
to convert her son Saint Augustine to the faith of Christ.
By their prayers, help us to turn from our sins
and to find your loving forgiveness.
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.