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Patron Saint of Politicians

By DaveS | October 9, 2008

Saint Thomas MoreWell… given the upcoming presidential election and the recent $700B bailout out bill I thought it might be a nice idea to remind politicians, government officials we elect, of who their patron saint is… St Thomas More.

In the event you didn’t already know, Sir Thomas More was indeed a politician. Born in London in 1478 and studied law at Oxford and became Lord Chancellor of England. He’s also the patron saint of lawyers. Tried and convicted of treason (politicians take note of this) he was beheaded on July 6, 1535.

I really don’t expect many politicians, lawyers or other government officials to be reading this nor do I wish to push any religious beliefs in your direction. But especially during these troubled times a bit of divine intervention, a little patronly direction for doing what’s right, (whether or not you believe in such a thing) wouldn’t be such a bad thing would it?

Here’s a prayer to Saint Thomas More I found at www.thomasmorestudies.org I found rather appropriate…

Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients’ tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.

Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God’s first.

Amen.

Catholic Encyclopedia
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The St. Thomas More Website
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4 Responses to “Patron Saint of Politicians”

  1. Albert Ross Says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Lest we forget: More himself was directly responsible for the burning at the stake for their beliefs of six Lutherans.

    More positively the devotion of his daughter Margaret to her father is one of history’s more touching stories.

  2. DaveS Says:
    November 24th, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Hi Albert.

    Yes indeed. Margaret’s story is truly touching. For those who aren’t aware, Margaret’s final act of devotion to her father was to be buried with his head in her arms.

    Here’s some information that some folks may find of interest…

    Opening of the Roper Vault

  3. Bobby Revell Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Hi Dave! A group of friends this week mistakened me for an atheist, but I explained I am not. I powerfully believe in God, though I don’t consider myself religious. The current economic crisis–all the greed, corruption, liars and Teflon politicians who go unpunished–can certainly learn a lesson from St Thomas More and his finality. But today it seems, those deserving punishment get none; the people deserving acclaim get none; we only reward bad behavior–we expect it and look up to it. Life is not without a sense of irony–but all this is unironic. That’s my word for today . . . unironic.

  4. DaveS Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Hey Bobby…

    lol… Perhaps you need to start a “Revellanary” for your words. 🙂

    Well, the corruption is certainly no illusion in the state of Illinois. I think the state should change their method of selecting candidates. Instead of electing someone and spending all the money to send them to jail, just make one of the criteria that they already have to be in jail to get on the ballot.

    At least there will be no secret about what you are getting.

    Dave

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