St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, is a model of patience. Although born a Christian, her parents gave her in marriage to a pagan from her hometown in North Africa. Her husband did have some redeeming qualities, but he also had a violent temper. In addition, St. Monica lived with her difficult mother-in-law. St. Monica did not become bitter, but prayed unceasingly for her husband and mother-in-law, both of whom converted to Christianity one year before her husband’s death. St. Monica also spent many years praying for the conversion of her son, Augustine, who was living an immoral life. St. Augustine eventually came under the influence of St. Ambrose, and was baptized in 387. St. Monica’s feast day is August 27.