SAINT THOMAS MORE

(1478-1535)

FEAST DAY:  JUNE 22ND

Thomas was born in London on February 6, 1478 to his father John More, who was a lawyer and a judge.  he attended Oxford University.  He studied law at Lincoln's Inn.  He became a lawyer in 1501 and three years later entered into Parliament.  He entered into a number of important government positions which eventually led him to become the Chancellor of England in 1529.   He was known as a great intellectual and wrote the book, Utopia, along with many other notable works.  He opposed King Henry VIII attempt to divorce his wife as Henry  went around the Catholic Church in order to obtain his divorce.  Thomas More resigned his position as Chancellor and went in exile to his estate in Chelsea isolated from the King's officials.  For his opposition,  King  Henry's men had him sent to the Tower of London on April 17, 1534.  He was there until July 1535, when he was tried and condemned for treason.  He was beheaded on July 6, 1535.  Sir Thomas More's last words were "the King's good servant, but God's first."  Thomas was beatified in 1886 by Pope Leo XIII and was canonized in 1935 by Pope Pius XI.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  Ask Saint Thomas More to assist you with your needs today.  Saint Thomas More, pray for (prayer request).

 

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