How in the world can politics and money have anything to do with holiness? In this episode, we discuss the Beatitudes as reflected upon by Pope Francis in “Rejoice and Be Glad” and look at St. Thomas Moore.
“There can be any number of theories about what constitutes holiness, with various explanations and distinctions. Such reflection may be useful, but nothing is more enlightening than turning to Jesus’ words and seeing his way of teaching the truth” Pope Francis (GE 63)
More staunchly opposed the Protestant Reformation and opposed King Henry VIII’s separation from the Catholic Church which ultimately led to his death. He was a scholar, a statesman, and politician. Pope John Paul II declared him the “heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians.”
Selected quotes from St. Thomas More:
- “If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that avarice, anger, pride and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes.”
- “One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.”
- “I die the King’s good servant, and God’s first.”
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