This is our stunning Saint Monica of Hippo Plaque. Saint Monica (322-387) is best known as the mother of Saint Augustine of Hippo. Saint Monica was raised a Christian and was married to an ill-tempered, unfaithful pagan named Patricius. She prayed constantly for the conversion of both her husband and her son Augustine. As an abused wife and reformed alcoholic, she is the patron saint of married women, difficult marriages, alcoholics, victims of verbal abuse, and mothers of disappointing children. Her feast day is August 27th. This plaque will make a wonderful great gift for a birthday, first communion, confirmation, and Christmas (“stocking stuffer”!).
A Solid Bronze Wall Plaque in Three Sizes
This solid bronze plaque is available in three sizes: small (p23k – 2 x 1.8 inches), medium (p85m – 4 x 3.25 inches) or large (p64g – 7.9 x 6.3 inches). This plaque can be hung with ease – thanks to the notch on the back – on any wall in home or office. Conceived and cast in Germany by a world-renowned goldsmith, this bronze plaque is a lovely gift for that special “Monica” or “Monique” in your life!
Saint Monica of Hippo – the Ultimate “Helicopter Mom”
Saint Monica has the undesirable distinction of having been the mother of one of the most famous and, for a long time, most disappointing sons in human history. Her son, Saint Augustine, would eventually become one of the greatest thinkers and theologians in the Catholic Church (even a Doctor of the Church!), but not before putting his mother through the wringer for many years as he left home, embraced one heresy after the next, and even fathered a child (Deodatus) out of wedlock. His mother Monica wept for him every night and prayed constantly for his conversion and salvation. She was promised by a bishop that “the child of those tears shall never perish.” Monica followed her wayward son to Rome, and finding that he had already moved on to Milan, she then followed him there. In Milan, she met Saint Ambrose and, thanks to him, had the joy of witnessing Saint Augustine’s conversion to Christianity after 17 long years of resistance. Mother and son then spent 6 months of true peace after which Augustine was baptized in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Milan. They then set out on their return journey to Hippo, stopping at Ostia where death overtook Saint Monica. Saint Augustine’s grief at the loss of his mother inspired the finest pages of his classic autobiography, the Confessions (go to History/Story tab).