Featured Saint: St Boniface (675 – 755)
St Boniface was born in Wessex, England. His family were “respected and prosperous”. At an early age and against his father’s wishes, he planned and followed a monastic life. His education included theological training by Benedictines near Winchester.
At 30yrs, he was ordained a Priest and, having declined the role of Abbot at Nursling, he embarked on a mission to North West Europe. His initial work was interrupted by war but following a visit to Rome he was appointed missionary Bishop of Germany and returned to resume his evangelising work. In the following years his conversions to Christianity, reforms of the Frankish Church and peace-making between the Papacy and the Caroligian dynasty rulers, made him “one of the truly outstanding creators of the first Europe”. St Boniface was martyred along with fifty-two other Companions by “heathens” in Frisia. He is the Patron Saint of Germany and is often referred to as their “Apostle”.
+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+
Thoughts: For some, it was not until after Jesus’ rejection and suffering, to the point of his last breath on the Cross, that they accepted He was Son of God. For others, they still don’t!
Private Reflection: Lord Jesus, we pray for the leaders of all faiths. Open their eyes to accept you as you truly are. May they be inspired to lead all nations to your Kingdom.
Prayer: Vocations ~ Cardinal Joseph Bernadin
Lord of the harvest,
your word finds a home in our hearts,
calls us into community,
and invites us to generous service of the human family.
Bless with courage and spirit your priestly people,
called to full participation in the one Body of Christ.
May many choose to respond in public service to your call
offered in Jesus’ name. Amen
St Boniface: Pray for Us
Today’s Music Suggestion: You are my all-in-all
+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +