See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The English Martyrs: St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More



Some of my favorite saints are the English martyrs, since they suffered and died for issues not unlike those of our own day; fidelity to the Pope, the Eucharist, the defense of marriage, and so on.  In those days the priests faithful to the Church were forced underground to minister to the faithful; risking their lives to say Mass and administer the sacraments - their singular purpose being the sacred exercise of their priesthood for the salvation of souls.
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Today we commemorate the feast of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, a layman.
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Art:  St. John Fisher.  More images here.

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:38 AM

    You know, however, if St Thomas More were alive and blogging today, he would be accused of being a communist liberal. Not only would his utopia be used as an example of this, but his association with Erasmus would "seal the deal."

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  2. Lucky for him he was martyred then. :)

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  3. The Decline of the Christian West
    Rayond Burke

    He quoted St. Thomas Moore:

    "My Lord, for every Bishop of your opinion I have a dundred Saints of mine; and for one parliament of yours, and God knows of what kind, I have all the general councils for 1000 years..."

    I love this.

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  4. Hey Terry: Where is Nazareth priest. I always worry about him when he disappears. I miss him. I hope he is OK...

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  5. Maria - I don't know what happened to him From now on when a priest falls off the radar screen maybe we should look under the bus? I hear they get thrown there by their bishops.

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  6. Terry: LOL. The disappeared!

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  7. By the way, "A Man for All Seasons" is one of the best movies I've ever seen.

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  8. Re: Thomas More - "Now, more than ever."

    Re: Nazareth Priest - I don't worry about him. I assume he's busy with priest stuff. I don't trust a priest who doesn't drop off the radar screen every once in a while. Having said that, I miss him too!
    :)

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