Intentions of the Holy Father for April

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

Happy Anniversaries

Ok, so last night I watched "A Man for All Seasons," in honor of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher Day. Just this morning, getting ready to post something about one of my favorite saints, I remembered that I had already written something about him. Here it is.

As it turns out, that was the very first post of my blog - posted one year ago yesterday. So, in addition to the anniversary to being the anniversary of the martyrdom of St. John Fisher, recusant bishop of Rochester, it is also the anniversary of my blog - I know, a truly momentous occasion.

I reread my post on St. Thomas and St. John, and can't really think of much else to add. Last night I also decided to start reading a modern critical history making use of newly available sources of St. Thomas's life, times, and writings that seems very good, from Ignatius Press: The King's Good Servant, But God's First. The author promises to draw out St. Thomas More's deep spiritual life in a way that previous biographies have neglected.

It's been quite a week at work and also socially for me, and I've found prayer time scarce. It occurs to me that time isn't ever any more or less scarce, but only that for some reason I let important things: God, sleep, balancing the checkbook, etc., slide to lower places of priority. St. Thomas More, in the movie at least, seems to have been expert at keeping first things first, which is the skill at the heart of the virtue of prudence - the habit of knowing the most important thing, and how best to get it. Maybe if I ask enough, St. Thomas will lend me a bit more. Lol.

St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, pray for us.

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