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Englandís Saints Have Been Written Out of History
Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/23/11 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Posted on 06/23/2011 11:51:56 AM PDT by marshmallow

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To: antiRepublicrat
St. Thomas More, Martyr Of The English Reformation, Remembered June 22
Primacy of Truth over Power. St. Thomas More, Man for This Season
Thomas More for Our Season
Saint Thomas More, Patron of Lawyers and Jurists, Martyr
Dads: Men for All Seasons
( St.) THOMAS MORE AS STATESMAN: A BRIEF SKETCH
St. Thomas More: A Man for This Season
The Martyrdom of St. John Fisher - 22 June 1535 (By Michael Davies) [Catholic Caucus]

Defensor Matrimonii - St. John Fisher
St. John Fisher: "I am come here to die for Christ's Catholic Church"
Life of Thomas More
St John Fisher, 1460-1535[Bishop and Martyr]
St John Fisher, 1460-1535[Bishop and Martyr]
St Thomas More
St. Thomas More and Modern Martyrdom
St. Thomas More Bearing Witness Long After His Death
Saint Thomas More,Martyr, Chancellor of England 1535
St.John Fisher

21 posted on 06/23/2011 5:21:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Here's another one. Catholics aren't forgetting. They are writing these men and women out of their history as a convenience.

The Murder of Thomas Becket, 1170-Today in History

Becket's Lesson Beckons [Catholic Caucus]
BBC: St. Thomas Becket "Worst Briton of 12th Century" (!!)
Our Anglican Roots: St. Thomas Becket
St Thomas of Canterbury(1118-1170) [St Thomas a Becket]
The Murder of Thomas Becket, 1170

BTW, these are all FR threads.

22 posted on 06/23/2011 5:23:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Are they on your historical radar?

Absolutely. Great men, especially Thomas More. However, I don't agree with his communist Utopia, or its acceptance of all creeds except atheism.

23 posted on 06/23/2011 5:41:25 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: marshmallow

EWTN recently had a documentary on Blessed Margaret Pole. I was in tears watching this. Oh my she suffered so much, and died such a horrible death at the hands of King Henry VIII, the butcher. She was 70 years old and was no threat to his monarchy. He once referred to her as the holiest woman in his kingdom, and I think she was a governess to one of his children, Lady Mary, and he still had her beheaded. Her executioner was a novice and it took 10 swings to finish the job. Its just heartbreaking! She reminded me alot of St. Clitherow.

Blessed Margaret Pole, Saint and Holy Martyr, please pray for us!!


24 posted on 06/23/2011 5:41:48 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: marshmallow
A Christian Pilgrim

THE WISDOM OF SAINT THOMAS MORE [1478-1535]

THE WISDOM OF SAINT THOMAS MORE [1478-1535]

STATESMAN, MARTYR, AND SECULAR FRANCISCAN

FEAST DAY: 22 JUNE 

If I am distracted, Holy Communion helps me to become recollected. If opportunities are offered by each day to offend my God, I arm myself anew each day for the combat by the reception of the Eucharist. If I am in special need of light and prudence in order to discharge my burdensome duties, I draw nigh to my Saviour and seek counsel and light from Him. 

A man buys hell here with so much pain, that he might have heaven with less than one-half.

Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones. Unoccupied, they cannot be.  

If any man marvel that God made all His creatures such as they should always need aid of His grace, let him know that God did it out of His double goodness. First, to keep them from pride by causing them to perceive their feebleness, and to call upon Him; and secondly, to do His creatures honor and comfort.  

I will not mistrust [God], though I shall feel myself weakening and on the verge of being overcome with fear …… I trust He shall place His holy hand on me and in the stormy seas hold me up from drowning. 

Comfort in tribulation can be secured only on the sure ground of faith holding as true the words of Scripture and the teaching of the Catholic Church. 

What men call fame is, after all, but a very windy thing. A man thinks that many are praising him, and talking of him alone, and yet they spend but a very small part of the day thinking of him, being occupied with things of their own. 

I die the king’s good servant, but God’s first. 


25 posted on 06/23/2011 5:52:16 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: antiRepublicrat

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2738948/posts?page=25#25

Please read this. I don’t see communist. I see a man willing to die for God.


26 posted on 06/23/2011 5:53:48 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I don’t think Thomas Becket is the best choice, because his issues were not based in piety and faith, but political and legal control.

What Becket was defending was in effect a more recent policy of clerical legal immunity for even those who had taken minor orders, an estimated one-fifth of all the men in England. This policy was not in effect at the time of the reign of Edward I, Edward II’s grandfather.

It was not unreasonable that Edward II did not want to lose authority over 20% of the men of England, who could commit any offense against the rest of the people yet only answer to the church. This would be intolerable in any nation.

So instead, as far as things go, what about the other Saints of the realm? There are many, and they are worthy.


27 posted on 06/23/2011 6:42:23 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: dangus

Its saint Swithin I believe.


28 posted on 06/23/2011 7:53:34 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Salvation
Please read this. I don’t see communist. I see a man willing to die for God.

I didn't say I don't like the whole man, I just disagree with some of his views, such as promoting what is effectively communism but with a tolerance for religion.

29 posted on 06/27/2011 11:07:25 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat
Not really.

The Britons (who are now the Welsh) did have Celtic druidism as their faith, but that was stamped out by the Roman Empire from Claudius' time onwards and replaced by Roman gods.

however, Christianity is what defined these people.

Even later, when the Saxons came, the history of the Saxons (like that of the slavs) really starts with them becoming a Christian people. That deep ethos is what created and defined the nation

30 posted on 06/27/2011 12:28:20 PM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: antiRepublicrat; dangus; Mach9
err.. they were not "forced to convert" by the Romans into Christianity. The Romans from Emperor Claudius stamped out the Druids, but the Romans were persecuting Christians at the same time

Later, Christianity spread peacefully through the Briton community which was Briton-Roman at this time. This was emphasised after Theodorus I made Christianity the state religion of the Romaoi Empire in 395 AD (yes, Constantine did NOT make Christianity the state religion, he only stopped the persecutions by his edict of Milan in AD 313 -- two years after Emperor Galerius had already put an edict of toleration in AD 311)

The Druidic religion also probably did not put up the stone circles -- that dates from BEFORE the Celts (2000 BC whereas the Celts like the other Aryanic peoples came to Europe and Anatolia only after 1500 BC (Uhrmheit suppositions are from Khwarezim in old Iran or in the north-western Indian sub-continent

But in any case, the Celtic religion was stamped out by the pagan Romaoi Empire and Christianity spread among the Britons peacefully

Finally, anti-R -- the present "English" now are descended from the Saxons -- Germanic invaders who came across in the 5th-6th centuries and pushed OUT the Britons and Romans.....

These were converted peacefully a century later by the works of St. Augustine of Canterbury in 597 (not to be confused with St. Augustine of Hippe, Tunisia)

31 posted on 06/27/2011 12:37:54 PM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: dangus; Forward the Light Brigade

I think he means St. Swithun


32 posted on 06/27/2011 12:38:44 PM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: Cronos

As usual, there is a bit of a mix to varying degrees, of peaceful, forced by the converted chieftain, and forced by violence. I admit the British isles did have a far more peaceful conversion than, say, the Saxons of the 8th Century. They were lucky in that the early influence of Christianity had started to spread in the years before Rome became a Christian state, which was around the same time as they had to largely pull out to defend against the Visigoths. Christian Rome was in no condition to impose anything in the isles during Theodosius, as he had a hard enough time wiping out the old religions by force in the territories closer to home while keeping the truce with the Visigoths and dealing with civil wars. After Theodosius, Rome basically had no more power, the Sack of Rome being not long after his death. Thus the Celts, by a miracle of timing and events, were spared a violent state-imposed Christianity, and developed their own Christian/Celtic tradition pretty much in isolation for a couple hundred years. By the time the Church got back there, it was in large part an issue of “correcting” their brand of Christianity and spreading the official Catholic word to the rest of the isles.


33 posted on 06/27/2011 1:50:05 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Cronos

Duh, I feel like an idiot. Should have mentioned Maximus specifically in the civil war comment. That basically ended Roman military power in the isles, ending the chance of conversion by force by Theodosius. However, Maximus wasn’t exactly forgiving to heretics while he was in power either.

That darn Gladiator movie, now I associate the name “Maximus” with it, forgetting the actual historical people. :)


34 posted on 06/27/2011 2:04:49 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat
The British conversion to Christianity was by and large peaceful. The old Anglo-Saxon (mind -- not Celtic) religion was abandoned by the people starting from the top

The early influence of Christianity started quite before the Visigoths and other Germanic migrations. Arguably this was in the first century itself when Briton with it's less than a million population was in the sphere of the Roman world

your initial statement of this conversion happening by force was incorrect

35 posted on 06/27/2011 9:17:32 PM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: antiRepublicrat
Also do note the "corrections" are blown out of proportion -- this involved basically the tonsure of the monks and the dates to calculate Easter.

Finally -- the Anglo-Saxons, i.e. the English were converted peacefully starting by St. Augustine -- there was no forced conversion as your post above said.

36 posted on 06/27/2011 9:20:12 PM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: antiRepublicrat
That basically ended Roman military power in the isles, ending the chance of conversion by force by Theodosius.

Magnus Maximus on the contrary was Christian, the Britons were already heavily if not completely Christian.

37 posted on 06/27/2011 9:23:27 PM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: Cronos

Yes, I was thinking more mainland and the local persecutions. The British isle pagan inhabitants were indeed in an extremely lucky place and time.


38 posted on 06/28/2011 10:25:11 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

The British isle pagans were lucky — and prayerful, they converted peacefully.


39 posted on 06/28/2011 2:32:17 PM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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