Everything we know of St. Monica's heroic virtue is from the writings of her son, who became the great St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the most influential saints in Church history. St. Monica is patron of housewives, difficult marriages, alcoholism, mothers, widows, abuse victims, victims of adultery, and disappointing children. For more about this great saint, model of Christian parenthood, patience, and perseverance, please click on the image. St. Monica, pray for our families in our time of need. Peace be with you!