Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Feast St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher and My Mom.

Today is the feast of St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher. St. Thomas is well known to us from the movie A Man for All Seasons, but St. John is an interesting saint as well. I heard blogger and author Stephanie Mann on the radio today and she talked about how St. John had been friends with Henry VII and with Lady Margaret Beaufort (Henry VIII's grandmother). In fact, he said the funeral mass for both of them. He was very close to the family and knew young Henry from boyhood. It amazes me then that Henry VIII so could be so stiff necked in his views that he could have John Fisher executed! But he did. That would be like having one of our beloved parish priests killed over a difference of opinion - it's unthinkable.

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Today is also the second anniversary of my mother's death and so I had a mass scheduled and I attended today. I guess two years ago I didn't even realize what feast day it was. Father P. in his homily mentioned how both men really died for the sanctity of marriage and to uphold the supremacy of the pope. At the end of mass we prayed for people who have been divorced or who have gone through annullments, that they can find peace and have grace for going through those difficulties.

As I always try to find the reason for things and why they happen when they do, it suddenly made sense to me why God would call my mother home on this day. Mom had not made a wise marriage choice and she did not have a happy marriage, in fact she spent more time alone than with my father. But she always loved him, she remained loyal to him, she never divorced, she took care of him when he got ill and she grieved his death. So if there was every anyone that suffered for marriage- she did!  I guess that gives her something in common with St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher.

Anyway, this is my favorite scene from A Man for All Seasons. I love the wit and the great logic of Thomas Moore in these scenes. Please enjoy!










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