Sunday, June 22, 2008

Feast of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More

Even though their Feast gets knocked out by the Sunday, the Gospel was perfectly fitting for this Feast of the great English martyrs. They both "declared themeselves for Christ," refused the easy option and gave their lives for Christ and His holy Church. Some of you will remember last Summer I was lucky enough to handle the staff of St. John Fisher and the drinking cup of St. Thomas More at East Hendred. Today I baptized a young man of thirteen, and encouraged him to get to know these two Patrons of his baptismal day. I had received his Mother and younger sister at the Easter Vigil and he had now requested baptism - what a blessing!


gemoftheocean said...

Praise God!

BTW, I think you are a bit wrong in considering yourself a "lame duck." A lame duck is a person who's term in office is coming to a close, who can have no effect on legislation etc. to come. A "short timer."

Though that's true enough re: your office as pastor of that's different because your WORK that you did will have an effect on people forever after! For instance the baptismal grace received will forever be something you had a hand in assisting to water and nurture the faith. I can remember many people who changed my life for better (or for worse for that matter!) with just a few encounters.

Padre Steve said...

These two are among my favorite saints! We sure could use a few more like them in the public square today!