Faith in the Public Square

Not Ashamed – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Not Ashamed – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

“As followers of Jesus we are called to live before one audience, the audience of One…There is only one voice that matters for us – the voice of God, and not the voice of the people or the voice of the times. And certainly not the warm embrace of popularity, the soft whisper of our own desires for comfort, the siren lure of being ‘on the right side of history’, or the mean faces of the bullying activists and the social media mob. Equally, there is only one judgment that matters and one word of approval that counts in the end: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’”

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God’s First – Gospel for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God’s First – Gospel for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…No one could have fulfilled the first part of his duty as a citizen more fully. However, when Henry split with the Church over his proposed divorce from Katherine of Aragon and declared himself “Supreme Head of the Church of England”, Sir Thomas refused to agree. He went through imprisonment, a cursory trial, and was beheaded for what the king called “treason”. But Thomas saw it as something else entirely. As he stood on the scaffold, only moments before his beheading, he spoke these words to all gathered:

‘I am dying for our Catholic faith, good people. And I call you to witness that I die the king’s loyal servant – but God’s first.'”

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