Friday, June 22, 2012
Feast of Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher
Good morning. Is there something you have that is worth dying for? Today we recall the life of Saint Thomas More and the life of Saint John Fisher; both men died rather than set aside their beliefs for the political pleasure of their king. Both went to their death rather than to deny the indissolubility of Marriage. Seems somewhat strange given today's lacking regard for the sacrament of marriage. Here recently we are reminded of the lives of other such martyrs closer to home. With the recent release of the movie For Greater Glory, a true life depiction of the events in Mexico of the rebellion against the Mexican government which had outlawed the public practice of Catholicism, we are reminded that there are things worth dying for. (The timing of this movie I must say seems prophetic) More recently in the Philippines terrorists threatened to disrupt an annual public Catholic procession, yet the people paraded on; and increasingly there are growing terroristic threats which jeopardize the free practice of our faith worldwide. In the Middle-East Catholics are being driven from their homes. And, here in this country, Catholics are under the threat of being denied the right to practice their faith freely as a result of the Health and Human Services Mandate. As we begin this Fortnight for Freedom let us pray for the grace and fortitude to stand up against the efforts of those who threaten the free practice of our faith. We live in a time where for many the Catholic Faith is approached rather casually and for many in the face of so many worldly comforts it seems hardly worth dying for. Yet, over the course of two-thousand plus years millions have sacrificed their lives rather than deny their faith. As we reflect today upon the lives of Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher, and consider how they and millions of others through the history of our faith have sacrificed and risked to practice their faith we need to consider how wonderful it is to live in a country where until recently our right to freely practice our faith has been guaranteed. We need to consider how good we have it. Are we willing to stand by and allow that to be taken from us? We need to pause and look to the lives of these two great men whose lives we honor today, and all the saints and martyrs who took to heart the words of today’s Gospel and chose heavenly treasure over the things of this earth. Through the centuries and even today there are those who realize there are things worth dying for. Are we prepared to do the same? Make a great day!
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 7:05 AM