St Thomas More

Featured Saint: St Thomas More (1478 – 1535)

St Thomas More was born into an upper class family in London. He was educated at St Anthony’s School, deemed “one of the finest available”. Between the ages of 12 and 14 he was an attendant to the Archbishop of Canterbury who nominated him for a place at Oxford University. There he studied classics and became fluent in Latin and Greek but left university after only two years for a legal career. He later joined the bar in 1502.

St Thomas More was elected to Parliament in 1504 and henceforth began a long political career to the office of Lord Chancellor. However, it came to an abrupt ending after he opposed the King’s marriage annulment to Queen Catherine of Aragon, refused to attend the coronation of Anne Boleyn as Queen of England and opposed the supremacy of the crown which belittled the Papacy. For these acts, St Thomas More was tried for treason and executed.

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +

St Thomas MoreShort Story: Jesus said, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own?” (Matthew 7:1, 3)

Thoughts: Perhaps, a good day is when we act fairly and behave humbly!

Private Reflection: Lord Jesus, I celebrate the many gifts and graces that you have bestowed on me and pray that, today I will use them to the full.

PrayerOur Great Lord ~ by St Francis of Assisi
Most powerful,
most high,
most supreme Lord.
You alone are good,
and all goodness comes from you.

May we give you,
all praise,
all glory,
all blessing
and all honour.

And may we offer back to you
all the good things that you granted to us.

St Thomas More:   Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: Holy Family

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +

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(22nd June 2015)