Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Thomas More.
Here’s what you need to know…
Saint Thomas More was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and a trusted counselor to Henry VIII.
More was a devout Catholic and considered entering the monastic life as a young adult. He practiced mortification by wearing a hair shirt and occasional flagellation.
Living in the mid 16 century, More was smack in the middle of the Protestant Reformation and vehemently opposed the teachings of Martin Luther.
More and Henry VIII’s relationship turned for the worse when More opposed the king's separation from the Catholic Church. More also refused to acknowledge Henry as the rightful head of the Church of England, and refused to support the annulment of Henry’s marriage.
More was eventually wrongfully convicted of treason and beheaded. At his execution, he was reported to have said: "I die the King's good servant, and God's first."
More was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935.
More is the Patron Saint of lawyers, politicians, and statesman. He is often depicted wearing a Chancellor’s robe; sometimes with an axe.
St. Thomas More, ora pro nobis.
Happy Feast Day, everybody.
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