What was St. Monica's life like?
Monica was a Christian woman married to an abusive, pagan husband who cheated on her. She had a son, St. Augustine, who had abandoned his Catholic faith and was leading a life of sin and debaucery. She spent much of her life praying for their conversion. Eventually her prayers were answered.
Monica's life was very difficult. She was married to an abusive and unfaithful pagan husband, she shared the home with her mother-in-law who was also very abusive to her and she had a son, St. Augustine, who turned away from God and lived a very profligate life in his earlier years. Throughout all this Monica maintained her faith and prayed constantly for the conversion of her family members.