Friday, June 22, 2007

St. Thomas Moore

At the canonization of St.s Thomas Moore and John Fisher, Pius the XI had this to say regarding Moore:

"When he saw the doctrines of the Church were gravely endangered, he knew how to despise resolutely the flattery of human respect, how to resist, in accordance with his duty, the supreme head of the State when there was question of things commanded by God and the Church...It was for these motives that he was imprisoned, nor could the tears of his wife and children make him swerve from the path of truth and virtue. In that terrible hour of trial, he raised his eyes to heaven, and proved himself a bright example of Christian fortitude."
Ah! Christian fortitude in contempt of human respect...what a rare quality these days.