Tuesday, June 22, 2010

St Thomas More

Today is the feast day of St Thomas More. He was executed during the reign of Henry VIII of England because of his refusal to support the Act of Supremacy of 1534. The Act of Supremacy named the King of Queen of England as head of the local church. He was beheaded at the tower of London and reportedly buried in the Chapel of St Peter. His memorial (above) is in a room off the chapel and not usually open for public viewing.

He was canonized a saint by Pope Pius XI in 1935.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Attached is an interesting article about the nun who, as the head of a Catholic Hospital, was excommunicated in Phoenix, Arizona over her approval of an abortion.

What Happened in Phoenix?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Church

I read an inspiring column by Anthony Esolen, over at Inside Catholic, about the Catholic Church. My favorite portion is:

I love this Church, this bride, this sheepfold, this ark, this glorious cathedral. I love the soaring visions of blessedness that inspired the glaziers of the rose windows of Chartres; and I love, sometimes I am not sure why, the same Church that has turned louche show tunes into hymns for the common people. I love the Church for which St. Thomas Aquinas wrote his great compendia of theology and philosophy, dictating, it is said, four separate books to four secretaries simultaneously as he paced about his room; and I love the Church that sells simple holy cards to old women who miss their beloved dead. I love the Church that celebrates the sacrament of the altar under Bernini's baldacchino at St. Peter's, and in a bamboo hut in Africa; a Church of untold riches, and sometimes terrible poverty. I love a Church great enough to exalt a middle-class girl dying of consumption, a Therese of Lisieux, to the status of doctor, a teacher of endurance and faith amid suffering. I love a Church whose saints shine forth in beauty -- a simple Francis of Assisi, hymning the goodness of all creation; a King Louis IX, meting out justice and mercy under a tree in Paris; a Mother Teresa, smiling with kindness upon the destitute and the dying of Calcutta. And I love a Church filled to the clerestory with sinners, some of whom make their silent way to the confessional every month or so, while others err at the margins, looking warily but longingly to their Mother, hoping someday to return home.

Read the essay in its entirety HERE.