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Logos [1-11-10]

“The other star of sanctity that traced a luminous path across that dark period of history was Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of the King of England.  Endowed with the keenest of minds and supreme versatility in every kind of knowledge, he enjoyed such esteem and favour among his fellow-citizens that he was soon able to reach the highest grades of public office.  But he was no less distinguished for his desire of Christian perfection and his zeal for the salvation of souls.  Of this we have testimony in the ardour of his prayer, in the fervour with which he recited, whenever he could, even the Canonical Hours, in the practice of those penances by which he kept his body in subjection, and finally in the numerous and renowned accomplishments of both the spoken and the written word which he achieved fro the defence of the Catholic faith and for the safeguarding of Christian morality.  A strong and courageous spirit, like John Fisher, when he saw that the doctrines of the Church were gravely endangered, he knew how to despise resolutely the flattery of human respect, how to resist, in accordance with his duty, the supreme head of the State when there was question of how things commanded by God and the Church, and how to renounce with dignity the high office with which he was invested.  It was for these motives that he too was imprisoned, nor could the tears of his wife and children make him swerve from the path of truth and virtue.  In that terrible hour of trial he raised his eyes to heaven, and proved himself a bright example of Christian fortitude.  Thus it was that he who not many years before had written a work emphasizing the duty of Catholics to defend their faith even at the cost of their lives, was seen to walk cheerful and confident from his prison to death, and thence to take his flight to the joys of eternal beatitude.”
-Pope Pius XI, Homily at the Canonization of John Fisher and Thomas More.

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