Saint Monica Research Paper

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Saint Monica In the circumstanced of Saint Monicas life she could have been a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent, yet she was none of those, she was actually quite the opposite of this. She was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than her, and even though he was very generous, he also had a violent temper. His mother also Lived with them and was equally difficult as him, which proved a constant challenge to St. Monica. But she didn’t let that get to her and was still a humble good person. Patricius criticized his wife because of her charity and piety, but always respected her. Monica’s prayers and example finally won her husband and mother-in-law to Catholicism. Her husband…show more content…
The third child of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda by his second wife, Doña Beatriz Davila y Ahumada, who died when the saint was fourteenth years old, Teresa was raised by her father, a lover of serious books, and a tender and pious mother. After her death and the marriage of her eldest sister, Teresa was sent for her education to the Augustinian nuns at Avila, but owing to illness she left at the end of eighteen months, and for some years remained with her father and occasionally with other relatives, notably an uncle who made her acquainted with the Letters of St. Jerome, which determined her to adopt the religious life, not so much through any attraction towards it, as through a desire of choosing the safest course. Then Teresa fell ill with malaria. When she had a seizure, people were so sure she was dead that after she woke up four days later she learned they had dug a grave for her. Afterwards she was paralyzed for three years and was never completely well. Yet instead of helping her spiritually, her sickness became an excuse to stop her prayer completely: she couldn't be alone enough, she wasn't healthy enough, and so forth. Later she would say, "Prayer is an act of love, words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love." St. Teresa is the patron saint of Headache

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