St. Boniface — Bishop and Martyr June 5

St. Boniface was the apostle of Germany. His zeal for the salvation of souls knew no bounds. Bavaria, Thuringia, Friesland, Hesse, and Saxony became Christian through his efforts. Fearing that he might lose the coveted crown of martyrdom, he chose to bring the Gospel to the most savage German tribe where he was martyred.

I am the true vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit. — Seventh Responsory

The Imitation of Christ
Son, as much as thou canst go out of thyself, so much wilt Thou be able to enter into Me.
Like St. Patrick, this saint was not of the nation which he converted, for which he spent his life. But Boniface was a Christian and it was Christians he wished to make of those among whom he labored.
Thank God for the gift of Faith; there is no reason why you were not born of non-Catholic parents or in the wilds of Africa, except that God has been especially merciful to you.
Holy God, we praise Thy Name.