Today, I am starting a novena to St Thomas More. At King Henry VIII's command, More was beheaded. Before More died, he said he was, "the King's good servant, but God's first." Yeames' classic painting above depicts More meeting his beloved daughter, Meg, after he received his sentence of death. It was she who retrieved her father's severed head which after his decapitation was set on London Bridge as a bloody reminder to all of London of what might befall them if they did not bend to Henry. 

Lord God, we thank You for giving us St. Thomas More as an example of holiness in everyday lay life. Help us to follow his holy example. May we model his virtue and piety as we live out our own vocations. St. Thomas, your love of God was so strong that you desired to live a life devoted to Him. You found a way to devote your life to Him even while you lived in the world as a lawyer. Even though you lived among worldly people, you did not become worldly. You remained holy in your everyday life and prepared yourself for your ultimate test of faith. Pray for me, that I may practice virtue in my daily life as you did, so that I may be ready when my faith is tested. Please also pray for (mention your intentions here). We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


  1. Mary, many, many thanks for this reminder of the great St. Thomas More. I love him and I love the actor Paul Scofield's (RIP) performance as Thomas More in the film A Man for All Seasons -- for which he won an Academy Award. Those were the days of magnifcent films of Christian nobles. Not to be missed.

    1. My Dear Jeanette,

      I, too, love Paul Scofield's portrayal of Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons.

      My late friend, Richard Collins had a great devotion to St Thomas More and this has inspired me to pray the novena to him. More's life is endlessly fascinating, and begs the question of all of us if we would do as he did, defy the King and lose our status, our finances and our life.


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