Life of Saint Monica

Published: 1928
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,593 / 68 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.2
LoC Category: BX
Downloads: 817
Added to site: 2011.12.27 31129
Genre: Religion

This book contains eleven chapters with titles like How St. Monica brought up her children, and how the little Augustine fell sick and desired baptism.


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This book was written in 1928 and tells the story of Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. Monica was a Christian woman who lived in the 4th century in Northern Africa. She was married to a pagan. She had three children: Augustine, Navigius and Perpetua. She was not happily married, but with her friendliness and patience she was an exemple for others. Her husband converted to Christianity before he died. Monica did not remarry. This book relates how she hopes and prays that her son Augustine will become a Christian. He did convert to Christianity a year before his mother Monica died in 387. Saint Augustine became a bisshop and is considered to be one of the most influential theologians of Western Christianity. He is also known as Augustinus and as Augustine of Hippo.
I think this book is boring: it's mainly about Monica praying, being patient, and worrying about her eldest child. A few lines from this book that give an idea of it's contents and the way it's written: "She spoke little, preached not at all, loved much, and prayed unceasingly".(...) Monica did not seem to notice unkindness, repaying the many insults with little services tactfully rendered. "They do not know," she would say to herself, and pray for them all the more earnestly, offering her sufferings for these poor souls who were so far from the peace of Christ.(...)With bitter tears she cried on God to help her; her grief seemed greater than she could bear.

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