December 28, 2017

Saint Thomas Becket on God’s Enemies

St. Thomas Becket's Martyrdom

Saint Thomas Becket was a 12th century English archbishop and martyr who chose Christ and Christ's Church over the King. This courageous act of fidelity and deep seed devotion would ultimately lead to his martyrdom. Facing the enemies of the Church and forces opposed to God, Becket remained faithful.
Do you not know that the largest trees, which have required years to grow, are cut down in one hour? It is foolish to look for their fruits and yet to be unprepared for their fall. Let it be your consolation, then, that God's enemies, however honorable and exalted they may have been, shall nevertheless fade away like the smoke.
— St. Thomas Becket
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Prayer for St. Thomas Becket's Intercession

Almighty ever-living God, who gave Saint Thomas Becket the courage to give up his life for the sake of your holy Church, grant, through his intercession, that, in renouncing our life for Christ in this world, we may see God face to face and experience his eternal Beatitude in heaven. Help us to remain steadfast in our love and constantly praise you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.

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