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St Thomas Becket

For me, one of the key figures in English Catholic history is St. Thomas Becket, the famed martyr and archbishop of Canterbury. It is not to say that the other notable figures of Christian history are unimportant or second to Becket, they are not, but Becket is part of a narrative of faith that is eerily […]

St Thomas Becket

Let the trumpet resound, Thomas the martyr, so that the vine of Christ may be free. Out of the chaff was sifted this corn And else the church had been forlorn; To God’s grange now wert thou borne, [i.e. carried] O martyr Thomas, O martyr Thomas, O martyr Thomas. In London was born this martyr, truly; […]

Saint Thomas Becket

As Becket’s biographers have noted, “A few words which the capricious Henry spoke to certain courtiers who hated Thomas, sufficed for the latter to decide to do away with the prelate who contravened all their unchristian doings. They violated a monastic cloister and chapel to enter there while he was assisting at Vespers; the Saint […]

Saint Thomas Becket

Saint Thomas, son of an English nobleman, Gilbert Becket, was born on the day consecrated to the memory of Saint Thomas the Apostle, December 21, 1117, in Southwark, England. He was endowed by both nature and grace with gifts recommending him to his fellow men; and his father, certain he would one day be a […]