While serving England’s persecuted Catholics, the Jesuit Father Roger Filcock became the confessor of the young widow (Saint) Anne Line, who had devoted her life to the sheltering of Catholic priests who were hunted by the Protestant authorities. Arrested in 1600, Father Filcock and the Benedictine priest (Blessed) Mark Barkworth were sentenced to death for their priesthood on February 26, 1601. The next day, as the two were led to their execution, Father Barkworth sang the Easter antiphon, “This is the day the Lord has made,” to which Father Filcock replied, “Let us rejoice and be glad.” Upon seeing the dead body of Anne Line, executed immediately before them, hanging from the scaffold, Father Barkworth reverently kissed her hand and her dress, saying to the deceased martyr, “You have gotten the start of us, sister, but we will follow you as quickly as we may.” After witnessing Father Barkworth’s execution, Father Filcock invoked the intercession of his now martyred brother priest before suffering the same fate: “Pray for me to our Lord, whose presence you now enjoy, that I too may faithfully run my course.”
The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes