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Old Feb 23, '10, 2:43 pm
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Default Beautiful Reflection by St. Thomas More

I'm not sure if this has been posted here previously and apologies if it has, but I thought I would share this lovely prayer with you as I think these are such wonderful words for us to consider during Lent.

This prayer was written by St. Thomas More while he was awaiting his execution in the Tower of London:

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To set the world at naught. To set my mind firmly on You and not to hang upon the words of menís mouths.

To be content to be solitary. Not to long for worldly pleasures. Little by little utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all its business.

Not to long to hear of earthly things, but that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me.

Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help. To lean into the comfort of God. Busily to labor to love Him.

To know my own vileness and wretchedness. To humble myself under the mighty hand of God. To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.

Gladly to bear my purgatory here. To be joyful in tribulations. To walk the narrow way that leads to life.

To have the last thing in remembrance. To have ever before my eyes my death that is ever at hand. To make death no stranger to me. To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell. To pray for pardon before the judge comes.

To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me. For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.

To buy the time again that I have lost. To abstain from vain conversations. To shun foolish mirth and gladness. To cut off unnecessary recreations.

Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.

To think my worst enemies my best friends, for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.

These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasures of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all in one heap.

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Amen.

What a great man he was. Have you ever seen "A man for all seasons"? A great film.
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St. Thomas More has always been a wonderful example for me - he's my patron saint!

And I also love "A Man for All Seasons" - thanks for mentioning it. That was the one, good thing about my high school Confirmation class.
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As those who conspired against him issued his condemnation and sentence, he responded the most charitable way I could imagine. He said that St. Paul was part of the mob that murdered St. Stephen, but now they are friends in Heaven making merry together forever; he hoped the same would be the case with himself and those condemning him to death.
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Amen.

What a great man he was. Have you ever seen "A man for all seasons"? A great film.
That and "Anne of a Thousand Days."
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Oh my, how wonderful -- this sure brings back memories! St. Thomas More is one of my patrons as well. Many years ago, before I left college, I made a copy of this. ďA godly meditacion, written by sir Thomas More knyghte whyle hee was prisoner in the tower of London, in the yere of our Lorde .1534.Ē Due to the spelling, I wrote notes on it and Iím looking at it right now actually. How painful it was for him to see his loved ones suffer b/c of his silence; such a sorrow. And yet what a wonderful Christian life he led! As I read somewhere, if he hadnít been a martyr, he would have been a beautiful confessor.
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