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