In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, under the weight of my

 heartful burden, I turn to you, dear Saint Monica and request your assistance and intercession.

From your place in heaven, I beg that you will plead before the Throne of the Holy One,

for the sake of my loved one, [Name], who has wandered from the faith, and

all that we have tried to teach. I know, dear Monica, that our children belong

 not to us, but to God, and that God often permits this wandering as part of one’s journey toward Him.

Your son, Augustine, wandered, too; eventually he found the faith, and came to believe,

and in that belief became a true teacher. Help me, therefore, to have patience, and

 to believe that all things — even this disappointing movement away from the faith — work ultimately

 to the good of our loved one. For the sake of our loved ones soul, I pray to understand and trust in this.

St. Monica, please teach me to persist in faithful prayer as you did for your son’s sake.

Inspire me to behave in ways that will not Further distance my loved one from Christ,

 but only draw them gently towards his marvelous light. please teach me what you know about this

 painful mystery of separation, and how it is reconciled in the re-orientation of our children

toward heaven. O Saint Monica, lover of Christ and His Church, pray for me, and

for my loved one [Name], that we may acquire heaven, joining with you, there, in offering constant and thankful

praise to God,


Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death.

Glory be to the Father, to the son
and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the
beginning is now and ever shall be a world without end