St. Monica was born to Christian parents in North Africa. By arrangement she married Patricius, then a pagan, who was abusive and unfaithful. Nevertheless, Monica bore three children, including Augustine. When Augustine's studies led him to Carthage he fell away from the Church, even embraced heresy, and led a wayward life. Always embracing Christian faith, Monica lived to see the power of God convert her husband and return her son to that faith.
But first, amid many tears, Monica cast Augustine out of her home. She prayed to turn Augustine from his dissolute lifestyle. Then a comforting vision, symbolized by the angel at her ear, urged Monica to recall him, and a priest consoled her saying, "The child of those tears shall never perish." Her prayers were truly answered when Augustine came to accept instruction in the faith from Bishop Ambrose, who was later canonized. Augustine was baptized, eventually becoming a priest, bishop and one of the greatest theologians in Church history. Following Augustine's baptism, St. Monica planned to return with him to Africa but she died en route in the Italian town of Ostia.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque and photo.)
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