St. Monica: Power of a Mother's Love
St. Monica: Power of a Mother's Love

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Falbo, Giovanni 

Pauline Books & Media 



The story of Monica's life is more relevant today than ever, because it is close to the problems we face in our own time.

About this Book:

Using extensive excerpts from the writings of St. Augustine, notable for his Confessions, Giovanni Falbo sheds new light on St. Monica's patience, sweetness, and unwavering determination. This mother never yielded in her efforts to see her beloved son find comfort and peace in God, and she endured countless sacrifices and health risks in her quest to help Augustine embrace the faith. Monica's quiet wisdom and courage, coupled with her earnest tears and prayers to God, bore fruit she could only have dreamed of.

St. Augustine's words bring St. Monica to life and show her to be a mother who wanted the very best for her son. Falbo has created a biography filled with captivating story-telling elements that pull the reader into Monica's life, offering a rare look into the heart of a deeply caring, profound woman of God.

"Monica is a shining example for families today, bringing them courage and hope by guaranteeing that with the grace of God, good will, perseverance, any difficulty can be overcome in building a true Christian family founded upon the values of the Gospel."
Giovanni Falbo

Features & Benefits:

  • Includes an index of references to Monica within St. Augustine's works.
  • Features black and white photos of basilicas and churches honoring Monica and Augustine.

About the Author:

Fr. Giovanni Falbo was born in 1944. Ordained a priest in 1968, he is a scholar of the Church Fathers and of the first four centuries of the Christian era. He holds a degree in theology and was formerly a professor of patristics at the "Ut unum sint" ecumenical center. He helped to found the Regional Studies Institute in Ostia, where he was the first director and a professor of patristics and ancient Church history. Since 1977 he has been pastor of the large parish Church of Saint Monica in Lido, Rome.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"I was delighted to find this book about St. Monica. What little I know about St. Monica I have learned by reading about St. Augustine, her son. Their lives were so closely united that you cannot read about one without the other being mentioned.

"St. Monica's life was not easy but her patience and her persistence is an example for all us.

"A great many of our women saints are virgins and/or nuns. One thing I love about St. Monica is that she was married and had children, and I believe (after 38 years of marriage) that this is the more challenging of lives. I recommend this book to all mothers as an inspiration. God could not resist Monica's prayers and tears, and He will not resist ours. Never cease praying for your spouse, children, and grandchildren."
Annie "grannieannie" (Mid-MI),, customer review.

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Category: Saints & Biographies
Trim size: 5 1/4" x 8"
Pages: 160


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