Emily Henrietta Hickey. For today, I'm heading back to the Communion of Saints and dialing up St. Thomas Becket for inspiration. Back-to-back martyrdom stories, though yesterday was the Innocents and today is someone who was definitely in the know.
Way back in the early Spring, deep in the heart of the Lenten season, I was showing you movies on Friday nights. If you need some entertainment tonight or for later this weekend, you could do worse than spend some time watching Becket starring Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton in this fully restored masterpiece.
Because when Becket was made the Archbishop, see, all of the sudden he became a servant of Christ and His Church. Becket's conversion was sudden and apparent. Have a look at the final scene where as Archbishop of Canterbury, he is slain. See King Henry II accept penance for this crime, and make a speech on behalf of his slain friend.
It would be magnificent if you could see his crypt today. Unfortunately, another King named Henry (the eighth) destroyed this shrine and our saints' relics when he too tangled with the Church and martyred another saint named Thomas (More)and severed the link between London and Rome. Now all you will see there is a lit candle and this small sign.
St. Thomas Becket, pray for us.