Friday, June 22, 2007

Our 22 Anniversary, & St. Thomas More, feast day June 22

Today was our 22nd anniversary. I was pampered with a
french manicure and a pedicure with rocopoco red polish.

When Rick got home from work, I was greeted with a romantic card & a lovely pool bag in pale pink. Something I had mentioned that I needed. I was tired of carrying plastic grocery bags to the pool. But I was impressed at the 'pink' ... too sweet.

We then went to dinner ... I had grilled salmon and shrimp, Rick had the grilled seafood platter with lobster tail ... and a Movie, Mighty Heart. It was a good movie but quite sad. One line I appreciated in the film was when the Marrianne, wife of Daniel Pearl, said after all that had happened, not to be terrorized by terrorists (not exact quote). I don't want to give too much away. It was great.

My tidbit of married wisdom is this: do not ask "what has HE/She done for me" ... but rather ask yourself "what have I done?"

Remember this, you can not change anyone but yourself.

Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate." Matthew 10:9


ST. Thomas More

June 22, 2007

His belief that no lay ruler has jurisdiction over the Church of Christ cost Thomas More his life.
Beheaded on Tower Hill, London, July 6, 1535, he steadfastly refused to approve Henry VIII’s divorce and remarriage and establishment of the Church of England.

Described as “a man for all seasons,” More was a literary scholar, eminent lawyer, gentleman, father of four children and chancellor of England. An intensely spiritual man, he would not support the king’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn. Nor would he acknowledge Henry as supreme head of the Church in England, breaking with Rome and denying the pope as head.

More was committed to the Tower of London to await trial for treason: not swearing to the Act of Succession and the Oath of Supremacy. Upon conviction, More declared he had all the councils of Christendom and not just the council of one realm to support him in the decision of his conscience.


Four hundred years later, in 1935, Thomas More was canonized a saint of God. Few saints are more relevant to the 20th century. The supreme diplomat and counselor, he did not compromise his own moral values in order to please the king, knowing that true allegiance to authority is not blind acceptance of everything that authority wants. King Henry himself realized this and tried desperately to win his chancellor to his side because he knew More was a man whose approval counted, a man whose personal integrity no one questioned. But when Thomas resigned as chancellor, unable to approve the two matters that meant most to Henry, the king had to get rid of Thomas More.


Saint Maker said...

I am commenting on my own post... pretty pathetic... LOL... but seriously I think it is so cool that St. Thomas was such a defender of the marriage vows that he died for this, and it is on my annivesry. so cool.

Suzanne said...

Happy Anniversary, btw! :)