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Blessed Monica, Mother of St. Augustine,

we give thanks to our Father in Heaven

Who looked with mercy upon your tears

over your wayward son.

His conversion and heroic sanctification

were the fruit of your prayers.

Dear St. Monica,

we now ask you to pray with us

for all those sons and daughters

that have wandered away from God,

and to add your prayers to those of all mothers

who are worried over their children.

Pray also for us that,

following your example, we may,

in the company of our children,

one day enjoy the eternal vision of our Father in Heaven.