St. Monica is my hero. No matter that she died 1600 years ago, her example of prayer and perseverance inspires and supports me every day. My children have left the church, and it saddens my heart. I pray daily for them, and ask the guidance and intercession of St. Monica. Years ago, I wrote this icon, and this prayer:
St. Monica, I ask you to pray with me for my children, that they may be close to God and filled with the peace of Jesus Christ. I also ask that you pray for me, that I might have the faith, patience, and perseverance to continue to support my children with prayer throughout their lives. Amen.
About the icon: I made her kneeling in prayer, as her faith and persistence in prayer were the defining actions of her life. The halo signifies the radiance of God’s grace around her. Her prayers were heard, and God’s Hand reaches to her from heaven, in a gesture of blessing and grace. Her clothing is simple. It is brownish (however much the photography made it look orangey) to indicate humility and simplicity. The veil is green, the color of life, renewal and the presence of the Holy Spirit. This icon is very tiny–hardly bigger than it is depicted right here. One day I want to make a larger version.