St. Monica: Persistence
St. Monica is the mother of the great St. Augustine, but she had to suffer much for her son. As a young man, Augustine lived a wild and sinful life and ignored his mother’s pleadings to return to the Christian values she had taught him. Monica refused to give up on her son, and followed him for years, praying for him and begging him to give up his sinful life. Eventually her persistence paid off. Augustine became a priest whose writings are still influential today. Her feast day is celebrated on August 27th.