Thursday, June 22, 2006

Feast of Ss. Thomas More and John Fisher, June 22

Two heroic martyrs who stood up to King Henry VIII and said 'no' for Christ.

Saint John Fisher:



Thomas More Studies

motu proprio of John Paul II declaring St. Thomas patron of politicians and statesman

St. Thomas is one of my favorite saints, and the ideal Renaissance man, learned, cultivated, and a statesman. He also spent time in a Carthusian monastery when he was growing up.

While I enjoy the movie and play A Man for All Seasons, one wonders if it does justice to the faith and wit of the man. I used to think that the play did show what quiet sanctity is like, but still, perhaps showing more devotion would be good.

The Life of St. Thomas More by William Roper (St. Thomas's son-in-law, married to his daughter Margaret)
Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage by Gerard Wegemer

His The Sadness of Christ, Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation, and The Four Last Things are available through Scepter.

From Thomas More Studies:

The Family of Sir Thomas More, c. 1530, 1593,
painting by Hans Holbein the Younger, Rowland Lockey.
Hangs at Nostell Priory, The National Trust Photographic Library.


Florence
This stipple engraving by Florentine Francesco Bartolozzi (c. 1792) was used in Singer's 1822 edition of William Roper's Life of Thomas More. Photograph by Bea Chityl.

(Seems rather good-looking)

Online editions of Utopia -- at apostles.com, oregonstate.edu.

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