St. Monica (331-387). Born at Thagaste in Africa, she married a pagan, Patricius, and bore him several children, one of whom was (saint) Augustine, who went completely off the rails in his life. She payed unceasingly for his conversion, and eventually saw her wishes granted. A truly outstanding example of Christian motherhood, she died and was laid to rest at Ostia, near Rome.
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St. David, Patron of Wales. Born at Cardigan, about 520, he received his early training from St. Illtyd. Attracted many to the various monasteries he founded, all of which were famous for the austerity of their rule of life. Consecrated bishop, and recognised as primate of Wales, he established his see at Menevia where he […]
St. Casimir (1458-1484). Son of the King of Poland. He practised the Christian virtues, especially chastity and love of the poor. Renowned for the strength of his faith and his devotion to Our Blessed Lady, he died of phthisis. Picture: Długosz and Saint Casimir by Florian Cynk (circa 1869)
They both die in the persecution of Septimius Severus in 203 in Carthage. There exists an impressive account of their martyrdom. Picture: Painting showing the martyrdom of Perpetua, Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus, from the Menologion of Basil II (c. 1000 AD)