இந்த இணையதளத்திலுள்ள புத்தகங்கள் தங்களின் தனி பயன்பாட்டுக்கு மட்டுமே. வேறு தளங்களில் பகிர்வதற்கும், புத்தகமாக்குவதற்கும் அனுமதி இல்லை.

St. Thomas Becket- Feast 29th December

Thomas Becket was the son of a Merchant from London, From his youth he was a normal young man, stormy and proud, selfish and arrogant, vain, and anxious to please, but in later life, became one of the most pious and devout Archbishops of the 12th century.

He had a good friend Henry, who became King Henry II of England. They hunted and played chess together, people said the two men ‘had but one heart and one mind’.

Thomas became his Chancellor and It was during Henry’s reign that the legal term “trial by jury”and others became familiar. The king’s judges travelled the country administering the common law – the law of all free men.

The Church had its own courts and own laws. Priests who murdered or raped could avoid common-law justice by claiming “benefit of clergy,”and the right to be tried in the bishop’s court. 

The worst that could happen was to be issued with a severe penance or exceptionally, expulsion [defrocking] from the priesthood.

Much of the power in the country was enjoyed and exploited by the rich bishops and abbots of the Church. 

The Church swore loyalty to the king, they also insisted that their true allegiance was to God and his earthly representative, the Pope in Rome.

On the death of the Archbishop of Canterbury in May 1161, Henry saw his chance of bringing the Church to heal and promoted his best friend Thomas to the newly vacated post.

Becket seemed to have changed as he appeared to have experienced a religious conversion. “Born again,” he wore a sackcloth shirt which reached to his knees. He had a sparse diet with water his drink. 

[Was Bishop Thomas fasting, making Reparation for His Bishops and Priests who abused their positions in the Church?].

King Henry and Becket remained good friends but 

they clashed over clerical privilege. 

Henry stated that the Church was subject to the law of the land and Becket insisted that the Church was above the law.

In Northampton Castle in October 1164 supporters of Henry questioned Thomas’s loyalty to his king by accusing him of being a “Traitor.”

Thomas went to France, into exile and after six years he returned to Canterbury. Preaching from the cathedral on Christmas Day 1170 Thomas excommunicated some of his fellow bishops.

When Henry heard of this he uttered the fateful words “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest!”

Four of Henry’s knights left for Canterbury immediately. They reached Canterbury Cathedral on December 29th, where they found Becket before the High Altar in prayer. 

The four attacked and butchered him.

Henry was horrified when he heard the news and As an act of penitence he donned sackcloth and ashes, and starved himself for three days.

Becket was immediately hailed as a martyr and canonised in 1173, after which his shrine in Canterbury Cathedral became the most important centre of pilgrimage in England and his relics distributed to churches throughout Europe.

This shrine was totally destroyed during the Reformation in 1540, when King Henry VIII ordered his bones to be destroyed and all mention of his names obliterated. 

Today, the place of Thomas’ death in Canterbury Cathedral is marked by a simple stone bearing his name.

Please pray for Bishops, Priests, persecuated Christians throughout the world. Pray the Rosary [Our Weapon], spend time before the Eucharistic Jesus or Tabernacle. Pray Act of Contrition, Spiritual Communion [sent to you today].

Visit the Crib, ask the intercession of the Holy Family for your family and the families of the world. 

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