Witness of Courage Pt 1 - Prayer by St. Thomas More

Christians all over the world are now experiencing some form of persecution.  Whether its simply because one is a Christian, or that they believe in the Gospel values of Life.  We see the widespread culture of death in our society and how the views of those who speak against the war on life are shunned and silenced by the secular media.  We live in a world where there are now little or no values.  Everything is turned upside down and lies are spoken as if they were truth.

But this life is not the end and in this Series, Witness of Courage I will post on various people who gave their lives to defend the Truth to the point of losing their lives.  We start with a Prayer from St. Thomas More.  St. Thomas More was Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII in England.  When King Henry decided to be supreme head of the new breakaway Church of England, Thomas More refused to sign the Act of Succession and was imprisoned as a traitor and beheaded.  He was canonised in 1935 by Pope Pius XI.  Pope John Paul II made him the patron of politicians and statesmen.  His Feast day is the 6th July. 

St. Thomas More's Prayer while imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Give me the grace, Good Lord

To set the world at naught. To set the mind firmly on You and not to hang upon the words of men's mouths.

To be content to be solitary. Not to long for worldly pleasures. Little by little utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all its business.

Not to long to hear of earthly things, but that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me.

Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help. To lean into the comfort of God. Busily to labor to love Him.

To know my own vileness and wretchedness. To humble myself under the mighty hand of God. To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.

Gladly to bear my purgatory here. To be joyful in tribulations. To walk the narrow way that leads to life.

To have the last thing in remembrance. To have ever before my eyes my death that is ever at hand. 

To make death no stranger to me. To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell. To pray for pardon before the judge comes.

To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me. For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.  To buy the time again that I have lost. To abstain from vain conversations. To shun foolish mirth and gladness. To cut off unnecessary recreations.

Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.
To think my worst enemies my best friends, for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.

These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasures of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all in one heap.


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