St. Monica Novena

Saint MonicaSt. Monica is a very powerful intercessor for all those to go to her for help.

She was the mother of St. Augustine who is a Doctor of the Church and a highly revered Saint, philosopher and theologian. St. Monica prayed for her wayward son and pagan husband fervently throughout her life.

After 17 years of prayer, St. Augustine converted and eventually became the great Saint we know him as today.

The novena begins on August 18th.

Saint Monica Novena Prayers

Dear Saint Monica, you were once the mournful mother of a prodigal son. Your faithfulness to prayer brought you and your son so close to God that you are now with him in eternity. By your intercession and God’s grace, your son St. Augustine became a great and venerable Saint of the Church. Please take my request to God with the same fervor and persistence with which you prayed for your own son.

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With your needs, worries and anxieties, you threw yourself on the mercy and providence of God. Through sorrow and pain, you constantly devoted yourself to God. Pray for me that I might join you in such a deep faith in God’s goodness and mercy.

Above all, dear Saint Monica, pray for me that I may, like your son, turn from my sin and become a great saint for the glory of God.

St. Monica is the Patron Saint of…

Married women
Difficult Marriages

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  1. St Monica you who prayed for your wayward son, to change his ways, I ask of you to please intercede that my son will also turn his back on his wayward ways and that he comes closer to our Lord and his word.
    He just lost his job and depression has overcome him, please help him find a job.
    In Jesus name Have mercy on me.

  2. That my son will come back to the Catholic Church that he has forsaken for Atheism. Saint Monica I trust that you will intercede as my grandchildren have never known God or any semblance of spirituality.
    Trusting always,

  3. dear saint monica please pray for the conversion of my husband and three sons. draw them close to our Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for me to have peace all the time at
    work. Please ask God to take away the anxiety.
    Please pray for all my friends who are sick will be healed.
    All the members of my my family will be saved.
    Please pray for my brother in law hs suffers with liver cancer.
    God’s mercy on him will be healed physically and spiritually.
    Thank you saint Monica, thank you for your powerful intercession. Finally, please ask God to bring 3 beautiful Catholic righteous girls for my 3 wonderful sons as wife.

  4. Please pray for my son Ryan saint Monica that he can be the obedient son he was before, also for him to stay away from friends who will lead him down the wrong path and to always listen and stop playing around in class and continue to get good grades also stop getting detention and for me to stop getting phone calls from school, saint Monica pleas pray for my son Ryan the way you did for your son to god.. Amen denise T.

  5. I’m praying for my son who is going through a rough time in his life, played hockey for all his life has just recently turned 25 and realized that it has been draining on his confidence and his body. He has decided to give up the rat race of being traded and going from one place to another, getting hurt. Unfortunately, in his 4 year of playing semi professional hockey he has turned to relying a little upon smoking pot. My husband has him employed at his business and he does what he’s suppose to, he is also going to an apprenticeship program at night to learn a trade and that is helping. But he is also involved with a 34 year old women who is very nice but I do not feel my son is in love with her as much as she is there to talk to and a convenience. She lives 6 hours away from him and he hasn’t seen her in about 3 months but still is connected by phone. I believe he knows that in his heart but there is no other people for him to really connect with or to listen to his feelings. I try but I’m his mother and he only can say so much to me because he knows he gets me upset because I know he’s not living a good moral life. I ask for St. Monica to intervene and help him reroute his addiction and find him some wonderful moral women who will direct him and make him feel good about himself.

  6. My son has a drug and alcohol habit and does not want to give up his addictions. I pray for his healing. My daughter also tends to go to alcohol every time something goes wrong in her life. Please pray for them. Thank you. Mom in distress

  7. Saint Monica,

    Please help and intercede for me and my husband (rm). I pray that communication will be opened between us. I pray that my marriage be restored. Praying that I will get my marriage back and my husband back. Please restore his love for me and my family. Please heal all wounds created by our separation. Please heal all of the people involve and restore our relationships.

  8. I pray that you enlighten my husband, that he must leave his other woman, and to live with me again together with our children. Also help him to know God and submit his self to Him, for him to be a better husband, father, son, brother and person as a whole being.

    • Dear Holy mother, do not worry about your son place him in Our Ladys hands and ask Her to cover him with her mantle. Trust Jesus in this. Trust Gods holy will in this. God is in charge. He can easily stop this marriage from happening if He knows its best. Trust God. Let Go. God IS IN CHARGE of this matter. Fear not. Trust Him. Be at Peace. The Holy Angels need your peace and your hope to be successful. Let God be God! Dont hinder His plans. Pray trust and dont worry

  9. My Son John Andrew Thompson does not want to marry a girl who has forced his hand into becoming engaged to her. My son wants out, and to end this engagement, so no Wedding, or Marriage takes place, but he is terrified to end this engagement, for fear of upsetting her, his fiancée, and her family. He feels it would be better to go forward with an unwanted marriage on his part, to make the fiancée happy, but cannot find the courage, or ability, to tell her how he feels, and end this sham of an engagement, and impending marriage, she has set a date of July 10 2015. I have been praying and praying for him to have the courage to end this, but he is unable to find it in himself to do so, even though he tells me his mother and father how much he does not want to marry her. Please tell me how to pray to stop this marriage from happening. I am so desperate, lost, confused. I do not want to lose my son if I am overly aggressive with him, but yet do not know how to make him understand in his heart, soul, mind and body, that he is about to make the worst mistake of his life. Please, please, help me as a mother. I feel like St Monica, as she prayed for help for her wayward son St Augustine, I am ready to take my own life to prevent this marriage, so he sees how much I love him, and make him understand with Gods help, that he is on a very dangerous path. Please understand me, and tell me what to do. Thank u for reading this, and for all your prayers for us. God Bless and thank u so very very much.

  10. st. monica i ask that you keep me from alcohol, and that you make my marriage work after my treatment, and that i may never hurt anyone eve again from my drinking…amen

    • Dear Rick, God loves you. You are the Apple of His eye. Take His Fatherly strong hand with you wherever you go. And don’t forget to place your other hand in the hand of Our Lady . She is your momma! You are one of their very favorites! Jesus is THE favorite thats why He was given such a heavy cross. But u my friend,remember that The Favorites resemble The Son in the Heaviness of their crosses. Wow God loves you my friend. You are chosen. You are beloved of God♡

  11. Saint Monica I ask you bring healing, peace, forgiveness and reconciliation between my husband and son. For the conversion of my family. For my son who is addicted to alcohol. For peace in the world, in our hearts and in our homes.

  12. I fervently pray for my cheating husband. That he may find the true meaning and value of our marriage. That he may find his, way back into God’s arms. That his too much involvement with the flesh be cut. That he may leave his sinful ways. I also pray for myself that I will have a forgiving and understanding heart. Amen

  13. Please pray that my children and their spouses turn back to God. And please pray that they will raise their children to be followers of Christ and have them baptized.

  14. Saint Monica, like yours did, my son is now living a very dangerous and imoral life. His life and soul are in jeopardy. He has cut himself off from God, his faith and his family. Please petition our Lord to lead him back to the Lord, the Church, his family and yo heal him from all addiction and health issues, including most especially his insomnia. Amen!

  15. St. Monica please bring my prayer and my children’s prayer to God for the renewal and conversion of my husband. He hasnt been home for 6 years now and is apparently with someone else. May God enlighten him and lead him back to us. I also beg for your intercession St. Monica that God heal us , open our hearts for forgiveness and reconciliation. I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

  16. please hear and answer my prayers for my husband, to please stop drinking. that is all I want. to be healthy safe and strong He has too many obligations here on our land. and also his father is ill and has to help him with his land and cattle. his father keeps passing out is in his ninety years old. so I have been praying for years to stop and he just wonthe slacks off but I want a total restoration and healing for him please help him. he is a very loving husband provider and father and grandfather .he just needs to stop. I pray everyday for this nonstop. thank you and god bless you all.Iwll keep praying to st. Monica.

  17. St. Monica, please help me pray for my husband and his problem with alcohol and being a responsible husband and father. I am so fed up at this point and find myself starting to hate him so much and start to feel guilty for my thoughts towards him. He is the source of constant anxiety in our lives and I want to give up on him and us. My only hope is a miracle to change his awareness of his family and the impression he leaves on his children. I pray for guidance, patience, understanding, conversion, forgiveness and love. Please bring my requests to Jesus as you brought yours and please tell Jesus I trust in Him totally and beg for forgiveness for my human weakness in loving my neighbor(husband). Peace please!!

  18. I pray for my son Dominic. That he may find strength to overcome his addiction. That he may turn to God for strength love and happiness. He needs to find happiness. I pray that he and his family can find that path to be reunited. Please let this be the turning point for better days. I ask this through Jesus Christ Amen

  19. Sta.Monica, please take my request to God to please change my father into a better person.. Pray for him like what you do to your son before . Lord, take off all his alcoholic and cigarrette side .. all this I ask through Christ our Lord Amen .

  20. Pls pray for my niece st Monica, that she may become the the sweet and obedient daughter she was before. Pls help her to stay away from her friends who will only destroy her life. This I ask through the intercession of Mama Mary. Amen.

  21. I beg and plead with you most holy st Monica to pray for my husband
    Who is an alcholic and a cheater please I pray for him to change and be a better person not the selfish bitter person he is at this time he is not nice to his parents and my family he think he is better than everyone saying and wishing bad things on people he talk evil her need god in his life he drink everyday I pray for help with the alcohol drinking everyday lease ray for him amen

  22. Thank you very much St .Monica for my answered prayers .
    Thank you for the intercensions and the blessings you bestow on my family .

  23. Please pray for May daughter ….
    She’s chosen a path of destruction
    She can’t see the peace or the light of God….
    Please send your intersecion St Monica in the name of Jesus and his Glory

  24. I pray to St. Monica to give me the strength to bear with my unfaithful and unbelieving husband. She inspires me daily with the life that she lived and gives me the confidence to continue to do God’s will. To love my husband with mercy and how God loves each one of us. I only pray and beg for my husband’s conversion prior to him parting this world for that alone I cannot bear. Like St. Monica, no amount of suffering will ever be enough to save the soul of a loved one. For that I ask God’s mercy on my husband and for St. Monica’s intercession.

  25. I pray for my husband who is an alcoholic and a cheater who have been disrespecting me for years I pray for him yo change and be a diffrent person with love in his heart he only talk evil things curse all the time everyday and each seconds I asking you st Monica to watch over him guide him show him the rite road and be a better person not the selfish person he is I beg that everyone pray for him he need the prayers and guiadians I asked all the saint to pray for him amen

  26. I pray for my husband who is an alcoholic and a cheater that he may stop doing those things and change his life I pray for the drinking everyday cursing disrespect for everyone I ask you saint Monica and all the other powerful saint to pray for him amen

  27. please pray for my brother Isaac that he will turn a new leaf, know and serve God and also become a useful member of the society. Amen

  28. St Monica,
    Please have mercy on me, and help me with my son.
    He is so involved with alcohol and other addiction, I pray that you intercede and help me with my son . As you shed tears and prayed for your son to change his way I also ask you to help me with mine that he will grow closer to God and listen to the word of the Lord. I have so much faith you.

  29. Please pray for my wife who lacks love and affection for me. She has always lacked this but now it is hard to stay married to her. We live as though we are room-mates.

  30. Praying for a dear cousin who is now in alcoholic traatment. Praying for my lost son who has had anger and issues since he was little, and no doctor or therapist could seem to get through to him, praying for my marriage, and all the verbal abuse I’ve endured through the years, including from that of my own mother.
    St. Monica seems to be one I’ve discovered because she represents everything I habe, or am experiencing, or someone very close to me is.

  31. I pray today for my husband who is an alcoholic and use fowl language a lot I pray that he stop drinking and cursing and respect me more amen

  32. Please pray that my 18 year old son would stop being irresponsible & reckless, pray that he would be God fearing, respectful, hardworking and compassionate.

  33. Please pray for my eldest brother Pat he is divisive, combative, stirring up trouble for us his 5 siblings. He has neglected my ailing parents even until the death of my mother my father yearns for his visit during his hospitalisations but he only stirs trouble about his inheritance. Not caring at all abt he who brought him into this world. He’s terribly selfish and a trouble maker.

  34. Dear St Monica,
    Please pray that my brother Ralph has the strength to overcome his drinking habits,lack of self confidence, speaking lies,drifting away from the church and the commitments of a husband and father. Pray St Monica that we as his family members have tge faith and trust that you had when you prayed for your loving son and husband.
    In praise and Glory of the Holy Trinity
    Amen !

  35. Dear St Monica,

    Please pray that my adult children make good decisions and find purpose in life. May they find health and happiness with your help.

    St. Monica please pray for me and all my family that we may find peace and may have a better relationship with each other.

    Thanks be to God

  36. St Monica please pray for son to love his wife again and don’t let divorce come their way.I pray my son will be faithful to his wife and he will be a loving husband n father like Jesus want him to be.

  37. Praying for Divine intercession St. Monica on my Son and my husband. My husband who is verbally abusive, controlling, jeolous and selfish. Praying for his complete transformation and conversion. Praying for my son who don’t want to go to church anymore and said he doesn’t believe in God anymore too. Please help me and use me St. Monica to help them to go back to church and have a complete trust in God.
    Thank you. This I pray in the Mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

  38. St. Monica, please pray for my daughter that she may live a good and faithful life.

    I pray that she will stay in school and find purpose in her life.

    God give me patience and peace.

    Thanks be to God.

  39. St Monica I cry out to you for extended help with praying to the all mighty Father God , that my 19 year old son finds his way. He is a lost soul whom never finished school, lies ,steals from family and others and is on drugs and is now on the streets because of this. He is delusional in all he does and thinks he does not need help nor has a mental sickness. I pray that he fines his way back home and that my God keep him. I come to you for help because I nor my family knows not what to do. Countless, sleepless praying nights is becoming a toll on everyone. I want him safe in our Lords arms. I pray for you to give me peace and understanding. I pray that he is touched and he knows we love him and care. That he knows everything is going to be okay and that admitting is half the battle. I want and need him home of the all mighty kingdom of God!

  40. Dear St Monica,

    Please pray that my daughters make good decisions and find purpose in life.
    May they find health and happiness with your help.

    St. Monica please pray for me that I may find peace.

    Thanks be to God

  41. Dear St. Monica,
    I request and beg you to pray and intercede for my son Brian who is lost to the world in form of love for money, betting, telling lies, lack of interest in studies for his future career,alcohol,smoking.

    He has cut off his relationship with God.This has led to wrong decisions taken by him.

    St. Monica pray for Brian.

  42. please pray for my son Joel Joe 22yrs who gave up drugs few months back is now under alcoho to give up all unhealthy habits and serve God and Jesus Christ.
    God bless all!

  43. Pray that my husband Jorge Armando Fernandez return home and once again we can become a family!

  44. Please pray for my former husband of 35+ years who divorced me 4 yrs ago to pursue his own desires of same sex orientation and my son as well. I pray unceasingly daily since I became aware and am broken hearted. They still frequent church occasionally, but more as an obligatory show and I’m certain they still have remnants of devout faith buried deeply within them. I sense their guilt and anger at who they each have become rather than the men they should’ve been has made them feel desperation and an attitude of “no return .” I love both deeply and ask you to pray to the God in whom I trust to open their hearts and allow Gods healing power fill them and bring them humbly back to a more Godly and righteous way of life following Gods path not theirs. In Jesus name I sincerely pray