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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Fifth Day
December 29th is the feast of Thomas Becket. On this day in 1170 Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated on the orders of King Henry II for refusing to give the crown authority over the church. Not too long after his death, Pope Alexander III made Becket a saint.
Two of Becket's more memorable quotes are:
Remember the sufferings of Christ, the storms that were weathered... the crown that came from those sufferings which gave new radiance to the faith... All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown.
Many are needed to plant and water what has been planted now that the faith has spread so far and there are so many people... No matter who plants or waters, God gives no harvest unless what is planted is the faith of Peter and unless he agrees to his teachings.