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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.

The Holy Innocents

Today we celebrate the third companions of Christ, the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem who involuntarily shed their blood for the incarnate Lord.

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
s he refused to be consoled,
because they were no more.” ~Matthew 2:16-18

From the Church of the Visitation.

From the Church of the Visitation.

Today may we affirm the beauty and dignity of human life from the first moment of conception to natural death.

Trevi Fountain to be Red This Friday for Martyrs

To highlight today’s Christian Martyrs, Rome’s Trevi Fountain will turn red, apparently at 8 pm Rome time, or 2 pm Eastern. There is a webcam of the Trevi Fountain here.

Nina Shea writes in First Things,  “Tomorrow, on April 29th, Rome’s white marble Trevi Fountain—its swirling waters and the charging baroque statues of Oceanus, his sea shell chariot and attendant tritons and horses—will all be turned blood red in a campaign to raise awareness about modern day Christian martyrs. The popular fountain is decidedly not Christian-themed and historically seems to have inspired only frivolity. The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need and a coalition of other Catholic Italian non-governmental organizations that are co-sponsoring this performance art are counting on this unlikely juxtaposition. They hope that the coin tossing, selfie-taking throngs of tourists, as the frivolous Western public at large, will be given pause, if only briefly, to contemplate the surging pattern of mass murder of Christians purely for reasons of faith, largely by Islamists.”

More from Crux:  “On April 29, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most popular and emblematic tourist spots in Rome, will be dyed red in recognition of all Christians who even today give their life for the faith. The event is being organized by Aid to the Church in Need and seeks to ‘call attention to the drama of anti-Christian persecution.'”

Three Lessons from Modern Martyrs

“There is only one word capable of capturing what is happening to the Christians in the Middle East: martyrdom. The unarmed witness exposes the jihadist’s counter-testimony and reveals the virus that has destroyed whole countries, from Syria to Iraq: the quest for victory at any price through the annihilation of those who are different. Distracted and narcissistically self-absorbed for far too long, Europe now is powerless.”

Read the rest at MercatorNet .

Charles Bridge, Prague

This morning [Dec. 10] I set out to once again head up Palace Hill for further exploration. However I decided to hop off the tram and explore Charles Bridge which was built in 1357 by Charles IV. The bridge connects the castle and the old town. The bridge tower is said to be one of the most astonishing civil Gothic style buildings in the world.

Near Charles Bridge, Prague

Near Charles Bridge, Prague

Bridge Tower, Prague

Bridge Tower, Prague

Once again I encounter Saint John Nepomuk because there is a monument to him on the bridge where the King had him thrown over into the river to his death. Five stars appeared in the water over his body; that is why stars surround his head. But I was even more intrigued as I watched people come and pray and venerate the monument which marks the place where he was throw over into the Vltava River.

Statues on the Bridge, Prague

Statues on the Bridge, Prague

St. John Nepomuk shrine on the bridge

St. John Nepomuk shrine on the bridge

Where St. John Nepomuk was thrown into the river.

Where St. John Nepomuk was thrown into the river.

St. John Nepomuk, statue on bridge

St. John Nepomuk, statue on bridge

More pictures from near the bridge:
Near Charles Bridge

Approaching Charles Bridge