Today we remember Saint Monica (331 – 387), widow and mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. She was born at Thagaste in Africa of a Christian family. She was married young, to Patricius, and among her children was Augustine. He had a brilliant intellect and uncertain morals and his wayward spiritual career saw him at one time a Manichee and then a Neoplatonist. With many tears she prayed unceasingly to God for his conversion and her prayers were answered shortly before she died. She had a deep faith and outstanding virtue and is a wonderful example of a Christian mother.
St. Monica is especially important to the Norbertine Order because of her influence on the conversion St. Augustine – who’s rule of life was adapted by Norbert some time later.
(Thank you to Daylesford Abbey)