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...]

Two Doors, Seven Locks: Preserving the Crown of Saintly King Wenceslaus

You may not know this—who thinks of St. Wenceslaus except at Christmastime?—but Friday, September 28, is his feastday.Wenceslaus was born in 903 to a Christian father and a pagan mother.  It was his devout grandmother, St. Ludmilla, who educated Wenceslaus in the Christian faith.After Wenceslaus’ father, Duke Wratislaw, died, his pagan mother Dragomir opposed Christianity in the country.  Wenceslaus—named Duke by the Emperor Otto I—took the reins of government and placed his duchy under t … [Read more...]

Bartholomew: Any Friend of Jesus Is a Friend of Mine

Any Friend of Jesus’ is a Friend of Mine.  And this week, we remember one of Jesus’ closest friends—one of the Twelve, in fact—St. Bartholomew.This is a guy we really don’t know much about.  In fact, it seems like the more we learn, the more confusing the story becomes! … [Read more...]


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