St. Thomas More
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; … Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Mt. 10:37, 39
I die the king’s good servant, but God’s first.
St. Thomas More
On June 22, we celebrated the feast of St. Thomas More (1477-1535), the patron of our parish. The church recognizes him as a witness who gave up his life in testimony to the unity of the Church and to the indissolubility of marriage. He was born in London and was Chancellor of King Henry VIII. As a family man, public servant, and writer, he displayed a rare combination of human warmth, Christian wisdom, and a sense of humor. Here are some quotes from the pen of this great writer and saint:
“You must not abandon the ship in a storm because you cannot control the winds….What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can.”
“What does it avail to know that there is a God, which you not only believe by Faith, but also know by reason: what does it avail that you know Him if you think little of Him?”
“We cannot go to heaven in feather beds.”
“As Boethius says: For one man to be proud that he has rule over other men is much like one mouse being proud to have rule over other mice in a barn.”
“And, therefore, my own good daughter, do not let your mind be troubled over anything that shall happen to me in this world. Nothing can come but what God wills. And I am very sure that whatever that be, however bad it may seem, it shall indeed be the best.”
St. Thomas More was executed as a witness to the faith at Tower Hill, July 6, 1535. May the words and witness of this Holy Martyr and our patron be an inspiration for us all.
Parish Pastoral Leader