Oil Dedicated to St Monica 11 (Patron for Patience)
St Monica 11 (Patron for Patience) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Monica, often referred to as the Patron Saint of Patience, was an early Christian saint and the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the most important Christian theologians.
She was born in the 4th century AD in Tagaste, which is in present-day Algeria. Despite being a Christian, she was married to a pagan man named Patricius who had a violent temper. They had three children, and Augustine was the eldest.
St. Monica renowned for her patience and persistent prayer, particularly in relation to the conversion of her son and her husband. Augustine initially led a hedonistic lifestyle and adhered to the Manichean heresy, which considered a significant threat to Christian doctrine at the time. Despite his resistance, Monica continued to pray for him for 17 years until he converted to Christianity, baptized, and ultimately became one of the Church’s most influential saints.
Her husband Patricius converted to Christianity on his deathbed due in large part to Monica’s influence and patience. After the death of her husband, Monica dedicated her life to the spiritual development of her son Augustine.
Monica venerated in the Roman Catholic Church, where she remembered for her Christian virtues, particularly the suffering against the adultery of her husband, and her prayerful life dedicated to the reformation of her son, who wrote extensively of her pious acts and life with her in his “Confessions”. Her memorial celebrated on August 27.
As the patron saint of patience, she invoked by those seeking patience in their lives.