Friday, June 22, 2007

Gyve me thy grace good lord...

Happy Feast of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, Martyrs.

If you haven't read Fisher's Defense of the Priesthood, give it a go.

And from Saint Thomas More, courtesy of Father Z:
(Written while imprisoned in the Tower of London, 1534)

Give me thy grace, good Lord:
To set the world at nought;
To set my mind fast upon thee,
And not to hang upon the blast of men’s mouths;
To be content to be solitary,
Not to long for worldly company;
Little and little utterly to cast off the world,
And rid my mind of all the business thereof;
Not to long to hear of any worldly things,
But that the hearing of worldly phantasies may be to me displeasant;
Gladly to be thinking of God,
Piteously to call for his help;
To lean unto the comfort of God,
Busily to labor to love him;
To know mine own vility and wretchedness,
To humble and meeken myself under the mighty hand of God;
To bewail my sins passed,
For the purging of them patiently to suffer adversity;
Gladly to bear my purgatory here,
To be joyful of tribulations;
To walk the narrow way that leadeth to life,
To bear the cross with Christ;
To have the last thing in remembrance,
To have ever afore mine eye my death that is ever at hand;
To make death no stranger to me,
To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of hell;
To pray for pardon before the judge come,
To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me;
For his benefits uncessantly to give him thanks,
To buy the time again that I before have lost;
To abstain from vain confabulations,
To eschew light foolish mirth and gladness;
Recreations not necessary — to cut off;
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss
at right nought for the winning of Christ;
To think my most enemies my best friends,
For the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good
with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.

These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasure
of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it
gathered and laid together all upon one heap.

I think that Saint Thomas More is too undervalued in our day and age. He is a great example of Christian leadership, heroic virtue in statesmanship, loyalty, duty, and holiness in the married state.

He also had a wonderful, ironic sense of humor and good taste for bawdy carousing, all the while with a hairshirt under his regal garb. What a guy!

In his honor, I think a glass of good wine and A Man For All Seasons are in order.

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Blogger Friguy said...

If ever there were a patron for the indissolubility of Holy Matrimony, it is he. And I would make bold to say that the world is wont for such an intercessor.

6/24/07, 9:06 PM  

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