Born in 801, Ansgar became known as the “Apostle of the North” because of his missionary mandate to Northern Europe. This involved introducing Viking Kings – for whom oath breaking was a sign of prestige – to the virtue of humility. On paper, Ansgar’s efforts appear to have failed – most of the territory converting back to paganism after his death. As we reflect on our faltering efforts to evangelise and spread the Good News, let us be inspired by Ansgar. Let us persist.

Listen to this week’s Start:Stop reflection at the link above.