Sta.-The story of St. PiusX's motr telling him that without her wedding ring there would have been no Bishop's ring for him, was quoted again recently. A woman correspondent in your paper remarked that if re to be saints, there a good mothers are a necessity. Yet. Theodore Maynard, in his latest hook on saints, -declares that not one single mother, whose husband was alive at her death, has been canonised. The nearest approach to this, he says, is Blessed Margaret Clitheroe, whose husband was a Protestant. Pregnant women address their prayers to a male, St. Gerard. The •St. Andrew Daily Missal before the Mass for St. Benedict says "A recent commentator mentions 57,000 known Benedictine saints, of which 5,555 for Monte Cassino alone." As mothers have male greatly outnumbered religious, and female, since the Church began,
n a family of a is there any explaation for this disparity? A mother with n a family of a is there any explaation for this disparity? A mother with
growing children, with never-ending round of work and +merry, may not have the opportunities of a religious for prayers or quiet devotions, but surely a few of the millions of such mothers have earned a place in the Church's calendar.
Father of Four
Two Saint Bonifaees
SIR,-With reference to the letter on St. Boniface by T. B. Stephens in your current issue, beg to point out that the . St. Boniface who visited Kiev was not the same as our St. Boniface. He was a. German, Bruno of Querfurt,who lived 250 years later and who was martyred with his companions by the heathen Peussians in 1009. Moreover, when he visited Russia, Kiev was alma& Christian and his missionary efforts were directed to the conversion of the nonRussian peoples of the Steppes. in this mission he receiyed considerable support from the first Christian he was martyred. • frontier.He • afterwards went to Poland and thence to Prussia 'where Thus the career of the German St. Bonifade, who was also -St. Bruno, resembles that of the Anglo-Saxon St. Boniface who was also Winfra But the missionary career of the farmer was much shorter. covering only five
years from 1004 to 1009. •
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