Patience In Tribulation & Grace in Everything

St Thomas More bids farewell to his daughter Margaret.

Give me, good Lord, a full faith, a firm hope, and a fervent charity, a love to the good Lord incomparable above the love to myself; and that I love nothing to Thy displeasure, but everything in an order to Thee.

 

Because they trust in God, rather than themselves, the martyrs face death with courage.  Today we celebrate the faithful husband, father, and statesman St. Thomas More.  Follow this link to find read his writings, including his religious writings.  Below are a couple of his writings, written near the time of his death.

Here is his last letter, written to his daughter Margaret, with whom he was very close, the day before his execution.  

Monday, July 5th, 1535.—

MY GOOD DAUGHTER:
Our Lord bless you, my good daughter, and your good husband, and your little boy, and all yours, and all my children, and all my god-children, and all our friends.  Recommend me when ye may, to my good daughter Cecily, whom I beseech Our Lord to comfort.  And I send her my blessing, and to all her children, and beg her to pray for me.  I send her a handkerchief; and God Continue reading

St. Agnes

Aside

I bless thee, Father of glory who hast given me courage to walk intrepidly towards thee even through fire.  Behold! What I have believed, I now see!  What I have hoped for, I possess!  What I have desired, I now embrace!  My lips and my heart confess thee.  For thee my inmost being longs.  Behold, now to thee I go, the only and true God, who, with thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and with the Holy Spirit, livest and reignest forever and ever.

Our saint today, St. Agnes, is one of the Church’s youngest and most popular martyrs.   Continue reading