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Saint Monica: The Power of a Mother's Love

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Saint Monica: The Power of a Mother’s Love

By Giovanni Falbo
Translated by Matthew Sherry

Using extensive excerpts from the writings of St. Augustine, notably from his Confessions, Giovanni Falbo sheds new light on Monica’s patience, sweetness, and unwavering determination. This mother never yielded in her efforts to see her beloved son find comfort and peace in God, and she endured countless sacrifices and health risks in her quest to help Augustine embrace the faith. Monica’s quiet wisdom and courage, coupled with her earnest tears and prayers to God, bore fruit she could only have dreamed of.

“Monica is a shining example for families today, bringing them courage and hope by guaranteeing that with the grace of God, good will, and perseverance, any difficulty can be overcome in building a true Christian family founded upon the values of the Gospel”— Giovanni Falbo

This title includes an index of references to Monica within St. Augustine’s works. It also features black and white photos of basilicas and churches honoring Monica and Augustine.

About the author
Fr. Giovanni Falbo was born in 1944. Ordained a priest in 1968, he is a scholar of the Church Fathers and of the first four centuries of the Christian era. He holds a degree in theology and was formerly a professor of patristics at the "Ut unum sint" ecumenical center. He helped to found the Regional Studies Institute in Ostia, where he was the first director and a professor of patristics and ancient Church history. Since 1977 he has been pastor of the large parish church of Saint Monica in Lido di Roma. He is currently the secretary of the Lazio commission for priests, and is a member of the Italian commission for priests.


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9780819870995
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8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm)
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St. Monica

St. Monica Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/27


Patron Of: Abuse Victims, Alcoholics, Difficult Marriages, Disappointing Children, Homemakers, Housemakers, Housewives, Married Women, Mothers, Widows

Memorial

    * 27 August

Profile

    Raised in a Christian family, she was given in marriage to a bad-tempered, adulterous pagan named Patricius. Mother of two, one of whom is Saint Augustine of Hippo whose writings about her are the primary source of our information about Monica. She prayed constantly for the conversion of her husband (who converted on his death bed), and of her son (who converted after a wild life). Spiritual student of Saint Ambrose of Milan. Reformed alcoholic.

Born

    * 322 at Tagaste (Souk Ahrus), Roman North Africa (modern Algeria)

Died

    * 387 at Ostia, Italy

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Patronage

    * abuse victims
    * alcoholics
    * alcoholism
    * Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers
    * Bevilacqua, Italy
    * difficult marriages
    * disappointing children
    * homemakers
    * housewives
    * Mabini, Bohol, Philippines
    * married women
    * mothers
    * victims of adultery
    * victims of unfaithfulness
    * victims of verbal abuse
    * widows
    * wives

Prayers

    * Prayer to Saint Monica

Representation

    * girdle
    * tears

 



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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