If there ever was a poster person for persistence in prayer then St. Monica is that person. She was married to a brute of a husband. She prayed for his conversion and he did convert. She had 3 children, the most famous we know as St. Augustine (his Memorial is tomorrow). Augustine lived an immoral life and dallied in various heresies. Through Monica’s tears and prayers, instruction from St. Ambrose, and Augustine’s discover of sacred Scripture (especially the Psalms), he was converted. St. Monica never gave up. St. Paul tells us to pray without ceasing. St. Monica lived out that admonition.