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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Saint Thomas More

I Die the King’s Good Servant, but God’s First.

Saint Thomas More

 

Perhaps the finest lawyer, certainly the holiest, that England ever produced.  After his trial, knowing he was a dead man, Saint Thomas More made an eloquent speech and uttered words that have a renewed meaning for us today in a time and place that is becoming ever more hostile to the Truth of Christ:

Forasmuch, my lord, as this indictment is grounded upon an act of Parliament directly oppugnant to the laws of God and his holy church, the supreme government of which, or of any part thereof, may no temporal prince presume by any law to take upon him, as rightfully belonging to the See of Rome, a spiritual preeminence by the mouth of our Savior himself, personally present upon the earth, to Saint Peter and his successors, bishops of the same see, by special prerogative granted; it is therefore in law amongst Christian men, insufficient to charge any Christian man.

Evil frequently gains power in this Fallen World, but it never becomes right no matter how much power it gains.

More probably said I die the King’s Good Servant and God’s First based upon a Paris Newsletter’s account of his execution, but I have always preferred the variant which is well known due to the ending scene in A Man For All Seasons:

 

 

 

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

7 Comments

  1. But just think of Latimer, Ridley, and Cranmer, their testimonies and martyrdoms. We cannot write them off. They clearly stood upon principles of the Gospel and witnessed a good confession.

  2. I just deleted a comment from an individual who decided to blast Cardinal Dolan in this thread. This charming individual had previously sent me an e-mail at my law office calling me and Paul Zummo “Dolanites” which is a term coined I believe by Michael Voris. For sending me the e-mail and for fighting his own little jihad instead of sticking to the subject of this post I have banned him. A reminder: this blog exists to serve as a platform for what contributors wish to write about. I may write about Dolan and Voris’ crusade against him in future, but insults and attempted thread hi-jackings are defintely not useful means of persuading me to do so.

  3. I have the prayer from St, Thomas (for lawyers) above my desk and read it every day before I start. Best part …..”so that today I shall not, in order to win a point, lose my soul”.

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