Patroness of Mothers, Wives, Abuse Victims.
St. Monica was married to a pagan man who was much older than her. He was generous with her but had a terrible temper. With prayer she converted him and two of her children to Christianity. Her son Augustine proved to be a much more difficult case. She prayed and wept over him for seventeen years. A priest said to her that, "It is not possible that a son of so many tears should perish." Of course this son became St. Augustine.
"May I be blessed as a mother and through your example of faith, may I help call forth my child's higher nature."