This North African laywoman married Patricius; St. Augustine of Hippo was their eldest child.
She tried to bring him up a Christian but also was ambitious for his worldly success.
He scorned Christianity and had a son with his mistress.
In 383 Monica followed Augustine to Italy, where she was a follower of St. Ambrose.
Three years later, Augustine was baptized. But Monica fell ill and died before their return to Africa.
Years before, a bishop had famously counselled her: “It is not possible that the son of so many tears should be lost.”
Text: Catholic News Service
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