Overcoming the Earth: The Life and Works of Our Blessed Martyr, Severinus Boethius

I wrote this last year for my church, and with Boethius’s feast day coming up this Sunday, I thought it appropriate to reboot this on my personal blog.

St. Stephens Anglican Church

Boethius’s feast day is October 23rd, and these remarks were shared on the following Sunday to commemorate a figure who, once so well known to people of faith, has become obscure to the modern Church. With Hallowtide just past, it is fitting to reflect on exemplary lives of faith such as that lived by Boethius.

Unlike many medieval saints, Boethius was never ordained, never entered the ministry, and never entered monastic orders. He was a scholar and a politician in early sixth century Rome working under the rule of the Germanic barbarian, King Theodoric. Theodoric recognized the talents of Boethius, and both admired and feared him. He admired Boethius for his learning in the seven liberal arts, the academic curriculum of the time, and for his skill at reconciling differences between politicians of both church and state. Theodoric’s admiration led him to install Boethius as consul of Rome in 510…

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