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Monica and Augustine, as portrayed in the film 'Restless Heart' (CNS)

Like her son St Augustine, she overcame many difficulties to achieve sanctity

St Monica's Feast Day is celebrated on August 27

The saint who prayed for St Augustine

St Monica is reputed for her constant prayers for her son Augustine

Lord McAlpine converted to Catholicism after a second triple heart bypass (PA)

Converting at the end of your life takes humility and courage

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St Augustine, Rome (Photo: CNS)

The Pope celebrated the saint’s feast day with Augustinians

Daily readings: August 22 – August 28

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms