She was married to a violent man who also happened to be a pagan. Enduring this difficult marriage as well as her constant prayer for her son has made her patron of wives and mothers.
Prayer to Saint Monica
Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray.