St. Boniface Essay

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     St. Boniface, originally named Winfrith, was an extremely studious man, a converted monk, priest, missionary and finally martyr. Born in 672, near Exeter, England, St. Boniface at an early age developed a desire to follow the path of God and live a monastic life. Through non-stop prayer and religious practices, he tuned his mind and body to reach beyond the obstacles and enticements of everyday life at his young adult age. He was a major influence on society during his life and affected the lives and history of Germany permanently. Often called the “Apostle of Germany”, St. Boniface was a strong believer in the principles of the Church and truly wanted to open any pagan believers minds to the knowledgeable and …show more content…
This was his first setback. He was not able to dull the battles nor convert the pagans. He viewed the land and the people and knew what he needed to accomplish within himself. Furthermore he was aware of what new goals he needed to reach for himself. He returned back home to England, but was welcomed by his master, Abbot Winbert’s last days. After a few years, St. Boniface left England for the last time, and centered his trip to Rome, to see the pope himself, Gregory the second. Once again, he begged the pope to travel to savage lands to report upon the Germanic people.
     Once in Thuringia, he began to speak to the elders of the church, the princes and the people of the true way of knowledge and understanding that they have lost through years of perverse teachings (Talbot). He removed evil from minds and directed it towards a life of virtue. Afterwards, he traveled into France and heard news that King Radbod died. St. Boniface was now able to sail up river to Frisia and speak the word of God. He joyfully reached areas that were previously untouched by the Gospel, and spread the word of Christianity to pagans.(Dunney) Thus ending the pagan superstition in the area. He converted many more pagans in Germany until returning back to Rome to visit the Pope. After a few day visit, the Pope consecrated to Winfrith St. Boniface.
     St. Boniface once again traveled back to

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