June 5, 2018 – Memorial of St. Boniface
Boniface, known as the apostle of the Germans, was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being elected abbot to devote his life to the conversion of the Germanic tribes. Two characteristics stand out: his Christian orthodoxy and his fidelity to the pope of Rome.
During a final mission to the Frisians, he and 53 companions were massacred while he was preparing converts for Confirmation.
Boniface bears out the Christian rule: To follow Christ is to follow the way of the cross. For Boniface, it was not only physical suffering and death, but the painful, thankless, bewildering task of Church reform.
Prayer for St. Boniface’s intercession:
Saint Boniface, you faced discouragement and failure and learned from them. Help us to hear God’s message in our moments of failure and to use what we learn to serve God better. Amen