June 22 marks the Feast Day of St. Thomas More. In a statement about the patron of statesmen, politicians and lawyers, the Pennsylvania bishops said:
St. Thomas More lived—and gave his life—for truth. He provides a powerful example that not only shows that objective truth exists, but that we have the God-given ability to discern it. He stands as an example showing all statesmen, politicians and lawyers—and indeed all of us—that we have an obligation to find and to serve the truth and to work to protect the lives and fundamental dignity of all human beings.
In 1929, the great Catholic writer, G.K. Chesterton, wrote that: “Thomas More is more important at this moment than at any moment since his death, even perhaps the great moment of his dying. But he is not quite so important as he will be in about a hundred years’ time.”
St. Thomas More was an enormously successful lawyer, diplomat, statesman and writer on the European stage of the sixteenth century. But with all his accomplishments and success in the world, he always realized the primacy of his vocation as a holy husband and a holy father – all the while, keeping his eyes on Heaven and Eternal Life.
Saint Thomas More, Pray for Us!