Saturday, December 29

Today is the feast of St. Thomas a Becket. As is the case with so many of our holy men and women, a fascinating person. Maybe you saw the movie based on the play by Jean Anilouh (forgive the spelling - I think that's close, but I'm too lazy to look it up. Plus, with Joseph cruising aroung my study, my time is very limited here) with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. Maybe you know that the reason Chaucer's pilgrims were on the way to Canterbury was to honor Becket in the spot in which he was murdered by the king's men who may or may not have misunderstood Henry's words wondering "Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?" his former best friend and closest counseler. It's a story worth revisiting often, particularly in these days of compromising and accomodating faith.


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