Tuesday, August 29, 2006

In spite of dungeon, fire and sword


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I was moved by Fr Tim’s photos of the depictions of the Carthusian Martyrs from Parkminster. We are lucky that we do not (yet) face such a physical threat to the Faith. Others who follow Christ throughout the world pay a real price for their witness. Pray for them.

Faith of our fathers, living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whenever we hear that glorious Word!

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

2 Comments:

Blogger Brendan Allen said...

This picture by Holbein is so well known, yet it still struck me when I got to see the original in the Frick Collection in New York in May this year.

It still made me say "Wow".

St Thomas is on one side of a fireplace; on the other side is Holbein's picture of Thomas Cromwell.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

You're right - especially as Catholics - we see it often, reproduced on prayer cards and the like. I just picked out Peter Ackroyd's biography of St Thomas from the shelf and it has the painting of Cromwell in it.

He looks a gimlet-eyed, hard-nosed so-and-so.

8:40 PM  

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