"Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." -Ephesians 5:14-17
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Feast of St. Thomas More
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas More. His life as devoted husband, father, lawyer, and politician, remains a shining example of how all laypersons are called to live holy lives, and a reminder in times of political turmoil and political correctness that statesmanship, when practiced with integrity and devotion to truth, meshes seamslessly with faith and becomes a distinct path to holiness. As the Holy Father spoke of his life and martyrdom, "His profound detachment from honors and wealth, his serene and joyful humility, his balanced knowledge of human nature and of the vanity of success, his certainty of judgment rooted in faith: these all gave him that confident inner strength that sustained him in adversity and in the face of death. His sanctity shone forth in his martyrdom, but it had been prepared by an entire life of work devoted to God and neighbor."