On Monday 22 June we celebrate the feast day of our school’s Patron Saint, St. Thomas More. Throughout this week we will remember him through our prayer, study and service to others. Each day of the week there will be a particular activity to help us focus on his life and how his actions can influence our own.
Entry for Friday 26 June
God’s servant first
Today we think how we can be of service to others
St. Thomas More put his love of God before everything else and famously said: “I am the King’s good servant, but I am God’s servant first”.
Today think of how you can be of service to others. What act of kindness could you do at home to help others?
Write up what you have done and send it to your RE teacher so it can be included on the school website.
Entry for Thursday 25 June
St Thomas More – a scholar
Today we reflect on our own studies and share examples of our own work
St. Thomas More studied hard throughout his life. Take time today to think about your own studies.
What piece of work that you have completed recently are you most proud of?
Take a photo of it and send it in to your RE teacher so that it can be shown on our website.
Entry for Wednesday 24 June
A man of prayer
Today we make a space to pray and write our own prayers
St. Thomas More was a man of prayer throughout his life. Sometimes we can find it hard to make space to pray in our busy lives.
Take time today to make a space to pray. You could make your own prayer corner using a cross, a Bible, a plant.
You could use the prayer of St. Thomas More to help you pray or you could write your own prayer.
You could take a photo of your prayer corner and send it to your RE teacher so it can be shown on our website. If you write your own prayer, please send that in as well.
Entry for Tuesday 23 June
Who was Thomas More?
Today we reflect on St Thomas More’s life
St. Thomas More was born in London on February 7, 1478. He attended St. Anthony’s School. In 1490, he became a household page to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England. He entered Oxford University in 1492, where he would learn Latin, Greek and prepare for his future studies. In 1494, he left Oxford to become a lawyer and he trained in London until 1502 when he was finally approved to begin practice.
Almost as soon as Thomas became a lawyer, he found himself contemplating another path in life. For two years, between 1503 and 1504, he lived next to a monastery and he found himself called to follow their lifestyle of simple piety. He often joined their prayer times.
By 1504, Thomas had decided to remain in the world, and stood for election to Parliament. But he did not forget the pious monks who inspired his practice of the faith. Thomas became Lord Chancellor in 1529. He was one of Henry VIII’s most effective servants and was fiercely loyal to the king.
In 1532, Thomas found himself unable to work for Henry VIII, whom he felt had lost his way as a Catholic. Faced with the prospect of being compelled to actively support Henry’s schism with the Church, Thomas offered his resignation, citing failing health. Henry accepted it, although he was unhappy with what he viewed as flagging loyalty.
When Thomas refused to attend the coronation of Anne Boylen, who was now the Queen of England, the king viewed Thomas’s absence as an insult to his new queen and an undermining of his authority as head of the church and state. Thomas refused to acknowledge Henry as head of the church. This led to his arrest and imprisonment. He was locked away in the Tower of London and convicted to death. Moments before his death, he made a final statement, proclaiming that he was “the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”
St. Thomas More has been widely remembered as a man of tremendous integrity, and he has since been described as a martyr and was canonized a saint by Pope Pius XI on May 19, 1935.
Entry for Monday 22 June
Feast Day of St Thomas More
Today we pray the prayer of St Thomas
O Lord, give us a mind that is humble, quiet, peaceable, patient and charitable, and a taste of your Holy Spirit in all our thoughts, words, and deeds. O Lord, give us a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, a love of you. Take from us all lukewarmness in meditation and all dullness in prayer. Give us fervour and delight in thinking of you, your grace, and your tender compassion towards us. Give us, good Lord, the grace to work for the things we pray for. Amen.