Monica, “your son is with you.”

MONICA was born about the year 332 in Tagaste, North Africa, of a Christian family of substance. As soon as she had reached marriageable age, her parents found a husband for her, the pagan Patrius — a man of violent temper. Monica and Patricius had three children — Navigius, who seems to have been an exemplary son, Augustine, and Perpetua, a daughter, who became a religious. Although her husband was critical to Christians and their practices, Patrius accepted wife’s faith a year before his death.