Rorate Caeli

The eyes of a martyr

Those firm and hopeful eyes of the Lord Chancellor (as if saying, "viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum") also seemed to express so much uncertainty of what was to come... 
[Magnificent detail of Hans Holbein's famous portrait of St. Thomas More, in the Frick Collection, as provided by the Google Art Project.]


Sam Gamgee said...

For a minute there I thought those were Benedict XVI's eyes.

Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.

Richard Collins said...

Instantly recognised the eyes of this great man and saint.

Anonymous said...

Please help us with this issue.

In this link, written in Portuguese, the first image is an invitation to an anglican bishop "consecration". Until now, no big deal, heretics do this all the time. But the whole thing start smells bad when we read the address of the cerimony: Nossa Senhora da Conceição Cathedral, a catholic cathedral, of the Santa Maria diocese, Rio Grande do Sul State! And the anglicans even warn the people about that: "da Igreja Católica Romana" - [of Roman Catholic Church].

If nothing stops it, this sacrilege will take place 03/20/2011.

Help us show this case to catholics around the world. In Brazil, there are a lot of bishops and priests doing things like that and even worst. And when they go to Vatican they just pretend to be obedient to the Pope.


God Bless!

P.S. 1: I prefer to remain anonymous

P.S. 2: Sorry for my bad English

Anonymous said...

extjicesFunny you should post this Last evening I watch- a man for all seasons- How like the times of today those who went along to get along with the New Mass and those of us who refuse it.

Xavier Rynne said...

"Nevertheless! It was not for the Supremacy that you have sought my blood, but because I would not bend... to the marriage!"

A more moving story hardly exists.

Anonymous said...

My belover patron, through confirmation. Thomas More ora pro nobis!

Terzio said...


Anonymous said...

Some of us still fight his battle, to defend our own
marriages against Catholic Tribunals, bishops, priests and Popes who speak empty words but when specifically asked for help, their response is to
ignore us.

Then, Henry wanted to ignore his marriage, now most, by far, clerics help our spouses to ignore their

Surely, there are none like Thomas More among our bishops.

Pray for us, Thomas and for our marriages.

Hope Springs Eternal said...

My favorite line from A Man For All Seasons - Sir Thomas More: "And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?"

Here's a tidbit about the movie - For the scene where the Duke of Norfolk rides through the snowy countryside to visit the dying Wolsey was to be shot in mid-April, when there would be no snow in England. Zinnemann had arranged for two large trucks full of Styrofoam to be brought to the set. As the trucks arrived the night before the scene was to be shot, "lo and behold, snow started to fall. It snowed all night and at dawn the hills looked sparkling white; the Styrofoam trucks stayed where they were. Stranger still, just after we had finished shooting and I had said 'Cut' for the last time, the sun came out and all the snow melted in less than half an hour, as if on cue." Zinnemann's autobiography contains photographs taken on the set that day. At 7 am, the snow was on the ground. By 9:30 it had almost disappeared.

St. Thomas, pray for us!