June 22 – Saint Thomas More: Patron Saint of Politicians

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Saint Thomas More, Patron Saint of Politicians (Feast Date: June 22)

Extract from St. Thomas More:  “A wit and a reformer, this learned man numbered bishops and scholars among his friends, and by 1516 wrote his world-famous book “Utopia”. He attracted the attention of Henry VIII who appointed him to a succession of high posts and missions, and finally made him Lord Chancellor in 1529. However, he resigned in 1532, at the height of his career and reputation, when Henry persisted in holding his own opinions regarding marriage and the supremacy of the Pope. The rest of his life was spent in writing mostly in defense of the Church. In 1534, with his close friend, St. John Fisher, he refused to render allegiance to the King as the Head of the Church of England and was confined to the Tower. Fifteen months later, and nine days after St. John Fisher’s execution, he was tried and convicted of treason. He told the court that he could not go against his conscience and wished his judges that ‘we may yet hereafter in heaven merrily all meet together to everlasting salvation.’ And on the scaffold, he told the crowd of spectators that he was dying as ‘the King’s good servant-but God’s first.’ He was beheaded on July 6, 1535.” See PICTURE of Saint Tomas More. See also: Thomas More (Multilingual), Thomas More (ML), St. Thomas More (EN), The St. Thomas More Website (EN)SAINT THOMAS MORE MARTYR, CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND—1535 (EN), Santo Tomás Moro (More) (SP), SANTO TOMÁS MORO (SP), San Tommaso Moro (IT), SAINT THOMAS MORE Martyr (1487-1535) (FR)Święci męczennicy Jan Fisher, biskup, i Tomasz More (PO). St. Thomas More EWTN AUDIO FILES. VIDEO:  A Man for All Seasons – Trial (1 of 3) . PRAYERS to St. Thomas More.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Thomas More on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Violence in the wake of the elections and the cholera epidemic in Haiti (December, 2010) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions – Dec. 6-19, 2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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