May 27 – Saint Augustine of Canterbury

He led an expedition of monks who came to evangelize the territories of England. Upon arrival in Gaul, France, they heard stories of the fierceness of the Anglo-Saxons and of the dangers of crossing the English Channel. They returned to Rome. The Pope convinced them to return to England and they did so. The pagan king of Kent, who was married to a Christian woman, kindly welcomed them. Augustine then continued to evangelize the country and built churches and monasteries. He was not always successful, but he had great patience. St. Augustine of Canterbury followed the advice of the missionaries of Pope Gregory the Great: purifying the temples and the pagan customs rather than destroying them; converting the pagan rituals into Christian feasts, maintaining the local feast as much as possible.

How do you respect your own culture and the culture of those who are different from you?


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