Five hundred and thirty-five years ago today a man was born who strove to be ever faithful to his king, but first to his God: Saint Thomas More.
His fidelity was challenged by King Henry VIII's own attempt to redefine marriage, after a sort, by simply doing away with an actual matrimonial bond he contracted. Saint Thomas thus found it necessary both to defend marriage and his own religious liberty.
It takes no stretch of the imagination to recognize the odd parallels between sixtheenth centry England the twenty-first century America, where another and altogether different attempt to redefine marriage is taking place which places our religious liberty at risk.
Let us this day, then, seek the intecession of Saint Thomas More, the patron of statesmen, that by his example and prayers the minds of lawmakers may be opened to the truth and their hearts may be converted:
O Glorious St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, your life of prayer and penance and your zeal for justice, integrity and firm principle in public and family life led you to the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Intercede for our Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, that they may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life - the foundation of all other human rights. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.You might also pray today the Litany of St. Thomas More.