Saint Augustine of Canterbury

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In the year 596, some 40 monks set out from Rome to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Leading the group was Saint Augustine of Canterbury, the prior of their monastery in Rome. Hardly had he and his men reached Gaul (France) when they heard stories of the ferocity of the Anglo-Saxons and of the treacherous waters of the English Channel. Augustine returned to Rome and to the pope who had sent them— Pope St. Gregory the Great —only to be assured by him that their fears were groundless.

Augustine again set out and this time the group crossed the English Channel and landed in the territory of Kent, ruled by King Ethelbert, a pagan married to a Christian. Ethelbert received them kindly, set up a residence for them in Canterbury and within the year, on Pentecost Sunday, 597, was himself baptized. After being consecrated a bishop in France, Augustine returned to Canterbury, where he founded his see. He constructed a church and monastery near where the present cathedral, begun in 1070, now stands. As the faith spread, additional sees were established at London and Rochester.

Work was sometimes slow and Augustine did not always meet with success. Attempts to reconcile the Anglo-Saxon Christians with the original Briton Christians (who had been driven into western England by Anglo-Saxon invaders) ended in dismal failure. Augustine failed to convince the Britons to give up certain Celtic customs at variance with Rome and to forget their bitterness, helping him evangelize their Anglo-Saxon conquerors

Laboring patiently, Augustine wisely heeded the missionary principles—quite enlightened for the times—suggested by Pope Gregory the Great: purify rather than destroy pagan temples and customs; let pagan rites and festivals be transformed into Christian feasts; retain local customs as far as possible. The limited success Augustine achieved in England before his death in 605, a short eight years after he arrived in England, would eventually bear fruit long after in the conversion of England. Truly Augustine of Canterbury can be called the “Apostle of England.”

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  1. Sumasalamin ang Salita ng Panginoon sa atin.

    The Lord reflects his Word to us.

    Nalaman natin sa ating ang budhi ay ang ating pananampalataya kay Kristo Hesus at nadaig tayo ng pagdarasal na kasama ang grasya ng Diyos.

    Our faith to Christ Jesus allows us to see our conscience and overpower us in prayer with grace of God.

    Ang mahalagang pagharap sa katotohanan, pag-asa, at pag-ibig ay banal na tadhana kasama ang Diyos.

    A fundamental presence of truth, hope, and love is the divine providence with God.

  2. St.
    Bernardine, please guide, protect, bless and protect me and my family, please intercede and help my youngest son the job he has been asking and dreaming of and will be granted and given to him in Jesus name, Amen.

  3. St. Augustine pls. pray our family, Protect our family from all dangers, Purify our heart and mind to be in God alone no matter what problems comes in our home, Lord Jesus you are great defender @ healer, heal us physically, emotionally , financially, & spiritually. All these we ask w/ the help of St. Augustine & Mama Mary our Queen Mother to the Lord Jesus Christ our Lord & Saviour. Amen.

  4. The eastern churches have saints for every day. It would be nice to see them posted also. Today is the feast of
    St Therapontus in the east.

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