Is there enough evidence to convict us.

Jun 22, 2015

Sometimes I wonder,when it is time for our particular judgement before our Lord, will there be enough evidence to convict us of being Catholic.

Some questions we might ask ourselves along this line are:

1.Have I stood up for the truth regardless of consequences?

2. Have I taught my children the faith as they were growing up?

3. Have I practiced my faith both in public and in private life?

4. Have I sought to form my conscience well according to the teachings of the Church ?

Today we celebrate the memorial of the Martyrs, St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More.

Both were beheaded in 1535 by order of King Henry VIII whom they had resisted  in the matter of his divorce and also in his Act of Supremacy over the Catholic Church in England. More refused to sign a petition to the Pope in favor of the divorce. After opposing a further series of measures taken against the Church, he resigned as Chancellor only to become penniless. When he refused to comment on the Act of Supremacy he was tried and convicted of treason and sentenced to death.

On a trip to London in 1995, I visited the Tower of London where Thomas was imprisoned and I stood at St. Thomas' Gate and upon the hill nearby where he was beheaded. He is the patron saint of lawyers and one very dear to me. St.Thomas pray for us and for our dear country as we enter a time when such things become possible for us.

                                             by Deacon Jim Hunt

 

Comments

  • LaVonne AlthoffPosted on 6/23/15

    In the Gospel for today we hear about the road to heaven being narrow and steep. St. Thomas chose that road. The road is in the shape of a cross. Thomas did not become a saint overnight. He worked at it all his life, just as we must. He did some of his greatest writing while imprisoned in the tower of London for a year and a half. My favorite of his books is one called "The Saddness of Christ", a meditation on Christ's suffering and how it relates to our lives. In reflecting a little on his life in the tower, it is a bit like the progressive imprisonment of old age as we gradually loose our freedom and ability to move around as we will, and eventually wind up in a confined little room or perhaps bedridden. It is there in these times that we can crown our life's work with the best in the way we pray and offer our pain and sufferings to Christ for the salvation of our families and for sinners in general, including making reparation for our own past sins. We have an opportunity to do the very best that we have saved for last as we prepare to meet Jesus face to face. We pray that we too might hear him as he speaks to us after a life well lived and well ended, " Well done ,good and faithful servant, enter into my joy." / Deacon Jim