Thursday, July 17, 2014
Despite Buffeting Waves, Stay the Course...
"In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life's different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course."
-St. Boniface was an 8th Century Benedictine monk and evangelist, who is called the "Apostle to Germany," for his tireless work in spreading Christianity and converting pagan Germanic tribes. Known for his orthodoxy and fidelity to the pope, he became a bishop and reformer of the Catholic Church in Germany, establishing hundreds of churches and monasteries in the process.
Boniface took pagan superstitions head on and a legendary story of his prowess was when struck down a pagan sacred oak tree with an ax in the presense of a tense crowd on Mount Gudenburg. Donar's tree was split into four pieces. The people were shocked and waited for the gods to strike Boniface dead but soon realized their gods were powerless and eventually nonexistent. He used planks from the tree to build a chapel.
He was martyred on June 5th, 754, along with over 50 companions, who were massacred in Dokkum, Frisia.