Categories: HomiliesPublished On: December 29th, 2022Tags: , 433 words13.1 min read
St. Tomas Beckett

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St. Tomas Beckett

St Thomas Beckett opposed the king of England when the king tried to take the authority of the church in ecclesiastical issues. An excerpt from one of his letters. 
For our sake Christ offered himself to the Father upon the altar for the cross. He now looks down from heaven on our actions and secret thoughts, and one day he will give each of us the reward his deeds deserve. It must therefore be our endeavor to destroy the right of sin and death, and by nurturing faith and uprightness of life, to build up the Church of Christ into a holy temple of the Lord.

The harvest is good and one reaper or even several would not suffice to gather all of it into the granary of the Lord. Yet the Roman Church remains the head of all the churches and the source of Catholic teaching. Of this there can be no doubt. Everyone know that the keys of the kingdom of heaven were given to Peter. Upon his faith and teaching the whole fabric of the Church will continue to be built until we all reach full maturity in Christ and attain to unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God.

Of course, many are needed to plant and many to water now that the faith has spread so far, and the population become so great. Nevertheless, no matter who plants or waters, God gives no harvest unless what He plants is the faith of Peter, and unless he himself assents to Peter’s teaching.

All important questions that arise among God’s people are referred to the judgment of Peter in the person for the Roman Pontiff. Under him the ministers of Mother Church exercise the powers committed to them, each in his own sphere of responsibility.

Remember then how our fathers worked out their salvation; remember the sufferings through which the Church has grown, and the storms the ship of Peter has weathered because it has Christ on board.

Remember how the crown was attained by those whose sufferings gave new radiance to their faith. The whole company of saints bears witness to the unfailing truth that without real effort no one wins the crown. – from a letter by Saint Thomas Beckett

Did you know that Catholics could not practice their faith openly or privately in England until 1929?

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and if the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen