Saint for the Day - December 29 - St. Thomas of
St. Thomas, son of
Gilbert Becket, was born in Southwark, England, in
1117. When a youth he was attached to the household
of Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him
to Paris and Bologna to study law. He became
Archdeacon of Canterbury, then Lord High Chancellor
of England; and in 1160, when Archbishop Theobald
died, the king insisted on the consecration of St.
Thomas in his stead. St. Thomas refused, warning the
king that from that hour their friendship would be
broken. In the end he yielded, and was consecrated.
The conflict at once broke out; St. Thomas resisted
the royal customs, which violated the liberties of
the Church and the laws of the realm. After six
years of contention, partly spent in. exile, St.
Thomas, with full foresight of martyrdom before him,
returned as a good shepherd to his Church.
On the 29th of December, 1170, just as vespers were
beginning, four knights broke into the cathedral,
crying: "Where is the archbishop? where is the
traitor?" The monks fled, and St. Thomas might
easily have escaped. But he advanced, saying: "Here
I am—no traitor, but archbishop. What seek you?"
"Your life," they cried. "Gladly do I give it," was
the reply; and bowing his head, the invincible
martyr was hacked and hewn till his soul went to
God. Six months later Henry II. submitted to be
publicly scourged at the Saint's shrine, and
restored to the Church her full rights.
Saint for the Day - St. Thomas of Canterbury
Read about the Saint for today - December 29 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"Learn from St. Thomas," says
Father Faber, "to fight the good
fight even to the shedding of
blood, or, to what men find
harder, the shedding of their
good name by pouring it out to
waste on the earth."
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