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S. Bonifácio, Bispo e Mártir (+754)

"Educated at the Benedictine monastery at Exeter, England. Benedictine monk at Exeter. Missionary to Germany from 719... Destroyed idols and pagan temples, and built churches on the sites.

In Saxony, Boniface encountered a tribe worshipping a Norse deity in the form of a huge oak tree. Boniface walked up to the tree, removed his shirt, took up an axe, and without a word he hacked down the six foot wide wooden god. Boniface stood on the trunk, and asked, "How stands your mighty god? My God is stronger than he." The crowd's reaction was mixed, but some conversions were begun.

Bishop. Archbishop of Mainz. Reformed churches in his see, and built religious houses in Germany. Ordained Saint Sola. Founded or restored the dioceses of Bavaria, Thuringgia, and Franconia. Evangelized in Holland, but was set upon by a troop of pagans, and he and 52 of his new flock, including Saint Adaler and Saint Eoban were martyred
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Das cartas de S. Bonifácio:
"A Igreja é como um grande navio que navega pelo mar deste mundo. Sacudida pelas diversas ondas da adversidade nesta vida, não deve ser abandonada a si mesma, mas tem de ser governada.

Não sejamos cães mudos, não sejamos sentinelas silenciosas, não sejamos mercenários que fogem do lobo, mas pastores solícitos que velam pelo rebanho de Cristo, pregando toda a doutrina de Deus ao grande e ao pequeno, ao rico e ao pobre, a todas as classes e idades, enquanto Deus nos der forças, oportuna e importunamente...
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