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St. Boniface was born in England around the year 673. As a young
man, he joined the Benedictines at the monastery of Exeter. As a
monk Boniface wrote the first Latin grammar book to be produced in
England and penned some poetry. At the age of thirty, Boniface was
ordained to the priesthood and used a vast knowledge of Scripture to
help his preaching and teaching.

Around the year 719 Boniface had the opportunity to become abbot
of the monastery. Instead of pursuing this, Boniface traveled to
Rome and placed himself in the service of the pope as a missionary.
The pope sent Boniface to preach in Germany, to convert pagans to
the Faith and to reform corrupt practices being practiced among the
clergy already in this area.

Boniface spent the rest of his life preaching, converting and teaching
throughout Germany. He founded dioceses, monasteries, and
churches and reformed many practices of the Church in Germany.
Boniface was a fearless preacher and challenged the practices of the
pagans to show their emptiness and worthlessness. Boniface was
martyred, with a group of thirty companions around the year 754
after angering a group of violent pagans. He is considered the
"apostle of Germany" for his efforts at evangelization there.


One just soul can attain pardon for a thousand sinners. -St Margaret Mary Alacoque


754 Boniface and his party are murdered
1510 Michelangelo commissioned to make 15 statues of saints for the Duomo of Siena, Italy


Conscience is practical judgment concerning the moral goodness or
sinfulness of an action. Many philosophers hold that a moral decision
can be evaluated through the examination of the action itself, the
circumstances around the action and the intention of the person
performing the action.


Please pray through the intercession of St. Boniface for the success
of missionaries.

5 posted on 06/05/2003 5:48:05 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Thought for the Day

If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a Saint.

 -- St. Ignatius Loyola

6 posted on 06/05/2003 5:50:37 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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