Saturday, August 27, 2016

For All the Saints: Monica of Hippo

Today is the feast day of St. Monica, the mother of Augustine, who of course was the one of the most influential Christian theologians and author of the
Confessions, City of God, and other works. (His feast day is tomorrow, August 28). Many of us have read the Confessions, and some of us have taught at least portions of it. Monica (d. 387) is almost entirely known from the book, where she is described as a long-suffering Christian who prayed and weeped for her son's well being. This site has insights about her: This site provides an account of her life: She was buried on the Italian peninsula at Ostia Antica, where her relics were preserved and then, in the 1400s, were brought to Rome; her "cult" was already well established by the 13rd century. The California city of Santa Monica is named for her.

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