Troublesome Priest

On this day we commemorate the martyrdom of Saint Thomas a Beckett, or Thomas à Becket. From this account of his life,  “Though far from a faultless character, Thomas Becket, when his time of testing came, had the courage to lay down his life to defend the ancient rights of the Church against an aggressive state. “

Pray that those in positions of authority be zealous in the guarding of religious freedom.

This depiction of his martyrdom is from a Flemish manuscript.