missionaries worked in the early times is quite different from the
way they do things today.
St. Augustine, a Benedictine monk
and missionary to England, did it this way: He brought with him some
companions and, in the mission land, reproduced the apostolic way of
life of the early Church.
They practiced unceasing prayer,
vigil and fasting. They preached the Word of Life to whomever they
could. They paid no attention to worldly things, receiving from
those whom they taught only such provisions as seemed necessary.
They themselves practiced
everything they preached, and they were willing to endure any
hardships and even to die for the truth they proclaimed.
And so it is narrated that very
soon many people came to believe and were baptized, admiring the
simplicity of their innocent lives and the sweetness of their
The king of England also was
captivated by the holy men's pure lives and gracious promises,
confirmed by many miracles. He believed and was baptized.
The rest began to flock everyday to
hear the Word forsaking pagan rites and joined themselves through
belief to the unity of the holy Catholic Church.