Yesterday was the Feast of St. Boniface, patron of the German people. The St. Paul Street Evangelization Facebook page published this photo of the great bishop and missionary whose statue graces our Sanctuary, as well as the excerpt below, taken from his writings:
Let us stand fast in what is right, and prepare our souls for trial. Let us wait upon God’s strengthening aid and say to him: “O Lord, you have been our refuge in all generations.” Let us trust in him who has placed this burden upon us. What we ourselves cannot bear let us bear with the help of Christ. For he is all-powerful, and he tells us: “My yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Let us continue the fight on the day of the Lord. The days of anguish and of tribulation have overtaken us; if God so wills, “let us die for the holy laws of our fathers,” so that we may deserve to obtain an eternal inheritance with them. Let us be neither dogs that do not bark nor silent onlookers nor paid servants who run away before the wolf. Instead let us be careful shepherds watching over Christ’s flock. Let us preach the whole of God’s plan to the powerful and to the humble, to rich and to poor, to men of every rank and age, as far as God gives us the strength, in season and out of season.
The excerpt seems appropriate to our own times, and our associate, Fr. Nathan, at the Friday morning Mass, prayed for another Boniface to rise up and guide Germany back to the Catholic faith. In light of the spreading chaos of the German church, let us join him in this prayer. St. Boniface, pray for us!
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As a postscript, perhaps St. Boniface is working: This is the first hint of wavering I’ve seen so far from the German splinter: Cardinal Kasper Backpedals on Papal Endorsement of Controversial Proposal.