“In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course. Let us stand fast in what is right, and prepare our souls for trial. Let us wait upon God’s strengthening aid and say to him: “O Lord, you have been our refuge in all generations.” Let us trust in him who has placed this burden upon us. What we ourselves cannot bear let us bear with the help of Christ. For he is all-powerful, and he tells us: “My yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Let us continue the fight on the day of the Lord. The days of anguish and of tribulation have overtaken us; if God so wills, “let us die for the holy laws of our fathers,” so that we may deserve to obtain an eternal inheritance with them.” [from a letter by St. Boniface]
Saint Boniface, whose feast the Church today celebrates, is the patron saint of, among other things, the Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden, for it is in its borders that he was martyred in the year 754. May his holy death and his prayerful patronage continue to shelter the Church in the north of the Netherlands from “the waves of life’s different stresses” and may his example of solid faith backed by decisive action continue to be an example to us.
Good Lord,through the intercession of Saint Boniface, protect and guide your Church in Groningen-Leeuwarden, her bishop, priests religious and lay faithful. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.