Today we hear the story of Saint Monica.”— Clifford
Monica is a saintly woman who is the topic of Clifford's sermon. Saint Monica's Church is named after her. According to Clifford, she was born miraculously to ghouls. Sold into slavery, she had a difficult life but remained pious, eventually managing to show her wayward son the error of her ways.
Father Clifford tells the story of Saint Monica as follows:
Today we hear the story of Saint Monica. She was born in Great Lanta on the shores of the ocean. Her parents were both ghouls. That's right; I said ghouls. That she was conceived at all was a miracle. That she was born unafflicted was an even greater miracle. God tested Saint Monica. She did not lead an easy life. Sold into slavery by raiders, she was forced to sell her body. They took her only son, Ehren, from her and sold him. She prayed every night to God for his safety. She did not pray for herself, although her burden was great. Each night she would preach the word of God to the slavers. After sixteen years, God provided a miracle. One of the slavers repented his wicked ways and helped her to escape. Four years she looked for Ehran. Four years she wandered the wasteland. God looked over her in those years. When she found her son, she found he was a wicked man. Ehren had overthrown his masters and taken their place. He was an owner of men. Ehren took his mother to be his slave, even knowing who she was, for Ehren blamed her for his painful early life. Each day Ehren would think of a new and wicked trial to put her through. She would only smile at him and say, 'I forgive you.' Each morning she would be miraculously healed as if nothing had happened. When Ehren truly realized her love and God's love was boundless, he flung himself at her feet and begged for Saint Monica's forgiveness. Ehren released all of his slaves, and they rejoiced. He repented all his wicked ways.”
All of the details regarding Monica come from Clifford's sermon. The Lone Wanderer has no way of verifying if this story is true, embellished or a complete fabrication.
Monica was a woman reportedly born to ghouls in the Great Lanta. She exhibited none of the ghoul condition, so many attributed her birth to be an act of God. She gave birth to a son much later in life, named Ehren. Monica was sold into slavery and sexually abused. She had a son, but was separated from him by the slavers. Despite this, she remained pious, and preached to her captors. Eventually she converted one of them and he helped her to escape.
Monica searched for and found her son - but found he had become a slaver himself. He took his mother as a slave, blaming her for the childhood he had lost to the slavers and severely mistreating her. Yet, regardless of her treatment, she would simply smile and say "I forgive you." This ate away at Ehren, until one day when he realized the errors of his ways and freed all of the slaves he owned.
Saint Monica appears to have several strong similarities to the real Saint Monica. While not a child of ghouls, Saint Monica was a mother of a wild and sinful son, who she continued to attempt to convert to Christianity. Her son would later become Saint Augustine. She is the patron saint of surviving abusive marriages, disappointing children, victims of abuse and converting relatives.
Monica is only mentioned in Fallout 3.