A Man for All Seasons: Sir Thomas More, Statesman, Martyr, and Devoted Father

During this Fortnight for Freedom, I reflect on one of the great saints whose commitment to the Church and to religious liberty is an inspiration to us today. *     *     *     * Sir Thomas More was a man with a bright future.  A successful statesman and a loving husband and father, More was Chancellor in the Court of King Henry VIII, one of the king’s most trusted ministers.But then came Anne Boleyn.At the time, King Henry was married to Catherine of Aragon—a marriage which Pope Clemen … [Read more...]

STANDING FOR THE FAITH: Blessed Antonio Primaldo, the Saint Who Stood to the End (UPDATED)

Antonio Primaldo headless 2

On December 20, Pope Benedict XVI--amid a flurry of 23 decrees including the much-touted proclamation of Pope Paul VI as “venerable”—advanced the cause of canonization of Blessed Antonio Primaldo e Compagni.   With the recognition of the miraculous healing of Sister Francesca Levote, which has been attributed to the intercession of Blessed Antonio and his Companions, the way has been paved for their eventual canonization.It’s been a busy week, what with the holidays and all—but I thought Bles … [Read more...]

This Is Romance? St. Valentine’s Story

Skull of St. Valentine

He was a priest in Rome.No, he was a bishop in Interamna (now the region of Terni, Italy).No, he was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.  *     *     *     * There’s a lot of confusion, actually, about St. Valentine, whose feast we celebrate today.The most popular legend places Valentine near Rome in the third century, during the reign of the Emperor Claudius III (nicknamed Claudius the Cruel).  According to the story, Claudius sought to expand the Roman Empire, and so needed … [Read more...]


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