Today is the feast of St Boniface.
He lived from between 675 and 754. Boniface originally called Wynfrith was born in England and became a Benedictine monk.
He was a teacher and a preacher.
In 718 he left England never to return and went to the foreign missions in what is now Germany. He preached to the pagan tribes of the area with great success.
He became bishop of Mainz and helped restructure other dioceses.
Boniface (his name change came from Pope Gregory the second who was also a church reformer working with King Pepin the Short of the Franks.
At the age of 70, he decided to go to Friesland ( now part of Holland ) and to preach the gospel there.
He was set upon and murdered on the 5th of June 754.
Boniface is one of many great apostles who help to preach the gospel to those who had not heard the Gospel, which means Good News.
There are many in our times who do not know the good news. They often show no interest because they do not really understand what it means.
We are all called to proclaim the good news as joy-filled messengers of hope.
As we continue to be prayerful people, reflective people, committed to lifelong learning about our faith we can indeed let our light shine and be instruments of hope, healing, and good deed.