While reading the letters of the Benedictine monk, St. Boniface, you sense the virtue of magnanimity. The Latin meaning of magnanimity translates as “greatly generous.” The Benedictine monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, exist in the 21st century because of the great generosity of St. Boniface and his monks in the 8th century.
How did great generosity create a lasting impact?
Around 720AD, St. Boniface founded his first Benedictine monasteries in Germany. In 739AD, St. Boniface founded the Diocese of Regensburg and in 766AD, St. Michael’s Abbey, our grandmother house, was founded in Metten in the Diocese of Regensburg. The founding of these centers of evangelization demonstrate the great generosity of St. Boniface. Even more we find St. Boniface writing the Abbot of Monte Cassino in 750AD:
“May the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ and that way of life which we are bound to show to the heathen, walking therein ourselves, not be dimmed or hidden within us. We earnestly pray that there may be between us an intimate tie of brotherly love with common prayer for the living and, for those who have passed from this life, prayers and celebrations of Masses, the names of the dead being mutually exchanged” (Source: The Letters of Saint Boniface, Columbia University Press, p.158).
The magnanimity of St. Boniface shows in his letter. A Benedictine monk, the Apostle of Germany guides each Benedictine monk and every disciples of Jesus toward greater generosity:
He shares his hope to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to unbelievers. He prays for brotherhood with the Benedictine monks of Monte Cassino. He is devoted to the power of the Mass. He promises to pray for the needs of the living and the dead. If we do the same, Christ will also make us greatly generous.