St. Monica was the mother of St. Augustine. While Augustine was involved with the Manichees and making a general mess of his life, Monica prayed for him day and night, weeping copiously, so that the bishop of her home town reportedly told her, "The son of so many tears will never be lost!" Remember that no one who knew Augustine as a young man would ever have expected him to do such a dramatic 360 turn, ending up as bishop of Hippo, a saint, and a doctor of the Church. The prayers of a mother are certainly powerful! Let us never give up on those we love, but continue praying for them with confidence. Let us ask St. Monica to intercede today for all our friends, relatives, and people we love who have turned away from God and the faith. She is sure to help them--and us, too!