Friday, June 22, 2012

Thomas More and the heart's treasure

Today's saints certainly embody today's Gospel ("Where your treasure is, there your heart shall be.")

More and Fisher, to put it simply, refused to be of two minds on the hot-button issue of their day. They rejected the notion of externally conforming to something that was at odds with their convictions, whether "for fellowship," by force, or by mere hypocrisy--because, in the end, that is what they were being pressured into. There are some sophisticated voices today also saying that we should be willing to compromise our convictions--just a little--for the sake of efficiency, for the greater good. They reproach the bishops for drawing the particular line in the sand that they did over the HHS mandate, or suggest that Church is for Sunday, in a consecrated building and nowhere else.

To their contemporaries, John Fisher and Thomas More they seemed to be taking an impractical, extreme positition, well demonstrated in "A Man for All Seasons" in More's conversation with the Duke of Norfolk. That clip isn't available, but this other one is:

Listen to Fr Reginald Foster translating the Latin document of canonization of today's martyrs  (Foster was the Vatican Latinist and leading expert in Latin for decades).

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