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MEMORIAL OF SAINT BONIFACE, MONDAY OF THE NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, JUNE 5, 2023



Reading 1

The neighbors mocked me, saying to one another:

"He is still not afraid!


REFLECTION


St Boniface was an English Benedictine monk who evangelized in the Germanic parts of France during the eighth century.


Known as the "Apostle to the Germans" he built monasteries, taught, fought heresies and evangelized. He returned to Frisia in Germany hoping to convert them. Instead, he was accosted by a group of armed robbers who slew him. Before dying, he said, "Cease fighting. Lay down your arms, for we are told in Scripture not to render evil for evil but to overcome evil by good."


It was said St Boniface held up a Gospel Book for spiritual protection and therefore, the robbers' axe went through the book.


In today's Reading, we hear how Tobit was mocked by His neighbors. Many times when we don't know what to do or act, may we seek the advice of saints (such as St Boniface) and know our Scriptures.


Do what is right, expect ridicule, embarrassment or even death. All for the glory of God.


God Bless You.




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