Saints Boniface and Aglaia the Roman
Date of celebration: 19/12
Saints Boniface and Aglaia lived in the 3rd AD. century. Aglaia belonged to the class of noble and rich Roman women and was always willing to give alms and various benevolences. Bonifatios was secretary of Aglaia’s property and supervisor of her estates. Like his lady, he was merciful and philanthropic. He managed Aglaia’s property with great honesty, and was very kind to the servants.
The uncontrolled good life, however, stifled the spirituality of Boniface and Aglaia. He ignited their combustible youth and they were seduced by the guilty pleasures of the flesh. Fortunately, however, it was the control of their consciences that finally prevailed. They sinned. They both cried bitterly. Would God accept them again as living members of his Church? Why not; After all, He Himself said: “Grace is given in the presence of the angels of God to a sinner who repents” (Luke, IE’ 10). That is, joy is made in the heavens, in the presence of God’s angels, who participate in this joy, for a sinner who repents.
So with a lot of heartbreak, the two penitents confessed their moral slip to a spiritual priest and their moral return and rebirth was now a fact. So later Boniface died a martyr for the faith in Tarsus in Cilicia, while Aglaia, after selling her possessions, dedicated her life to the relief of the poor and the suffering.