• Eat Life - Drink Life

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    Eat Life - Drink Life

    "'Unless you eat My Flesh and drink My Blood, you shall not have life
    in you,' says the Lord. Eat life - drink life. You will then have
    life, and life is complete. Then the Body and Blood of Christ will be
    life for each person under this condition: what is eaten visibly in
    the Sacrament be spiritually eaten and spiritually drunk in truth

    --St. Augustine--(excerpt from Sermon 102,2)

    June 5th - St. Boniface, Martyr, Apostle of Germany

    Born in Crediton, Devonshire, England, 680; died at Dokkum, Friesland,
    in 755. Boniface, baptized Winfrid or Wynfrith, determined at the age
    of five that he wanted to be a monk after listening to visitors from
    the monastery. He began his education when he was seven at the
    monastery school near Exeter and, at 14, graduated to the abbey at
    Benedictine Nursling (Hants) in Winchester. There he studied under
    Winbert, became a monk, and eventually became director of and popular
    teacher at the school. He wrote the first Latin grammar produced in

    Although Christianity had already reached into Germany before him, St.
    Boniface deserves to be called its apostle because it was he who
    organized the German church. “Germany,” in his time, included the
    domains of the Frankish monarchs, the present Belgium and Holland
    among them.

    Brilliant though he was as a teacher, Winfrid yearned for the mission.
    In 716, he tried his wings as a missionary to Frisia in the present
    Holland. Since conditions were adverse there, he returned to Nursling
    and was elected abbot. But his heart was still in the mission field,
    so he soon resigned his office, and going to Rome in 718-719, he asked
    Pope St. Gregory II to commission him formally to preach to the German
    peoples. The pope gladly complied, giving him a new Latin name,

    Boniface first went to Thuringia, in north central Germany, and sought
    to persuade the leaders to promote and reform the Church. Then he went
    back to Frisia for two years to work with St. Willibrord, the English missionary at Utrecht, and to study his methods. In 721, he entered
    Hesse, a deeply pagan district north of Frankfort. His gentle approach
    to the Hessians won many converts, and he established a monastery
    among them as a symbol of Christian presence. Then he returned to Rome
    to report on the religious situation in Germany.

    This time, Pope Gregory consecrated Boniface a bishop (722), with
    authority to organize the German church. Armed also with the
    all-important safe-conduct of the Frankish ruler, Charles Martel, he
    returned to Hesse. There on the advice of the Hessian Christians, he
    personally chopped down the oak of Geismar. This dramatic destruction,
    with impunity, of their sacred tree, moved many pagans to embrace the
    Catholic faith. The bishop then went on to Thuringia.

    Admiring the zeal and loyalty of Boniface, the Holy See raised his
    rank to archbishop in 732 and named him papal legate in 738, with the
    duty of setting up dioceses throughout Germany and convoking councils
    for the enactment of norms and reforms. In 747, the pope assigned him
    a see, the diocese of Mainz, and designated him primate of Germany.

    Boniface had founded a monastery at Fulda in 744. One of the secrets
    of his success in Germany was the setting up of many abbeys. Not only
    were they bulwarks of the Faith; they also housed many Englishmen and Englishwomen whom he invited to people them. This English personnel
    served to further the missionary work. One fact that favored the whole
    German enterprise was that the Anglo-Saxon language, then spoken by
    Englishmen, was not all that different from the Germanic tongues
    spoken in Frisia and in “upper” Germany.

    Even after he had been assigned a fixed see and the German primacy,
    Boniface, though now on in years, was still a missionary at heart. In
    752, indeed, he resigned the diocese of Mainz and set out on one last missionary journey to Frisia. At first his efforts met with success,
    and he scheduled a ceremony of confirmation for new converts at Dokkum
    in northern Holland. However, while he and his party were there
    preparing for the rite, they were beset on June 5, 754, by a crowd of
    pagan Frieslanders. Archbishop Boniface refused to allow his
    attendants to defend him. He urged them to trust in God and welcome
    the grace to die for the faith. When the pagans attacked, they
    massacred him and his 53 companions.

    The body of this revered leader was brought back in stages to the
    monastery of Fulda. His tomb there has ever since been regarded as the
    center and heart of German Catholicism.

    Boniface is considered the apostle of Germany (Bavaria, Franconia,
    Hesse, Thuringia) and the Netherlands (Freisland), Amanburch,
    Fritzlar, and Fulda. He is venerated at Exeter, Nutshulling
    (Winchester), and Ventnor. He is the patron of brewers and tailors

    –Father Robert

    Saint Quote:
    Let us stand fast in what is right and prepare our souls for trial. .
    . . Let us be neither dogs that do not bark nor silent onlookers nor
    paid servants who run away before the wolf.
    --Saint Boniface

    Bible Quote:
     "I urge then, first of all that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving should be offered for everyone, for kings and others in
    authority, so that we may be able to live peaceful and quiet lives
    with all devotion and propriety.  To do this is right, and acceptable
    to God our Savior: he wants everyone to be saved and reach full
    knowledge of the truth."  [1 Timothy 2:1-4]

    A Prayer For Parents

    O my God, I beg of Thee to bless my good parents.
    I ask Thee to reward them for all they have done
    for me. Help them in their labors, console them in their
    sorrows. Help me to be kind to them, to respect
    them, and always do their will. Bring both of them
     and me to Thy blessed home in heaven,
    that we may always be truly happy together with Thee.

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