Saint for the Day - May 26 - St. Augustine
Augustine was prior of
the monastery of St. Andrew on the Cúlian, and was
appointed by St. Gregory the great chief of the
missionaries whom he sent to England. St. Augustine
and his companions, having heard on their journey
many reports of the barbarism and ferocity of the
pagan English, were afraid, and wished to turn back.
But St. Gregory replied, "Go on, in God's name! The
greater your hardships, the greater your crown. May
the grace of Almighty God protect you, and give me
to see the fruit of your labor in the heavenly
country! If I cannot share your toil, I shall yet
share the harvest, for God knows that it is not
good-will which is wanting." The band of
missionaries went on in obedience.
Landing at Ebbsfleet, between Sandwich and Ramsgate,
they met King Ethelbert and his thanes under a great
oak-tree at Minster, and announced to him the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. Instant and complete success
attended their preaching. On Whit-Sunday, 596, King
Ethelbert was baptized, and his example was followed
by the greater number of his nobles and people. By
degrees the Faith spread far and wide, and
Augustine, as Papal Legate, set out on a visitation
of Britain. He failed in his attempt to enlist the
Britons of the west in the work of his apostolate
through their obstinate jealousy and pride; but his
success was triumphant from south to north.
St. Augustine died after eight years of evangelical
labors. The Anglo-Saxon Church, which he founded, is
still famous for its learning, zeal, and devotion to
the Holy See, while its calendar commemorates no
less than 300 Saints, half of whom were of royal
Saint for the Day - St. Augustine
Read about the Saint for today - May 26 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The work of an apostle is the
work of the right hand of God.
He often chooses weak
instruments for His mightiest
purposes. The most sure augury
of lasting success in missionary
labor is obedience to superiors
and diffidence in self.
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