Thomas More ... on Film


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

At Lifechurch this weekend, the message included this idea that in the darkness of Friday, while waiting until Sunday, that God is doing something in you. This reminds me of Thomas More, waiting in prison. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." James 1:2-3 "Why doesn't God seem fair?" "Why are bad things happening?" When we’re filled with doubt, we want answers. Join me as we seek answers together in this special Easter message. -

Thursday, August 4, 2011

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Scalia: Have courage in face of contempt • Top Stories ( - The Capital)

Scalia: Have courage in face of contempt • Top Stories ( - The Capital): "The justice urged the hundreds in attendance to have the 'courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.'

'We are fools for Christ's sake,' he said."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thomas More Answers Slate's Question: Post-Mortem Prayer - Can praying for a dead person help get him into heaven?

In Dialouge Concerning Heresies, Thomas More answered the question posed at Slate:

Do Christians think praying can help a dead person get into heaven?

The answer, written by More in 1528:
You may for the most part both pray for them and pray to them, as you may for and to those who are still alive.  But someone who is canonized, you may pray to him to pray for you, but you may not pray for him...St. Augustine says anyone who prays for a martyr is insulting the martyr.  With regard to everyone, you can hope rightly and be seldom sure, but of the canonized you can consider yourself sure.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dialogue Concerning Heresies

Thomas More's Dialogue Concerning Heresies, which is available at The Catholic Company in new editions for about $20, is one of the most insightful readings for a Christian. 

One highlight:   
Reason and nature say not that a miracle is impossible, only that it is impossible for nature...miracles are possible for God; and those who report them do report them as things done by God.  Therefore, they are telling you no impossible tale."

At times, I wonder how More authorized the burnings of heretics, since that seems to go against the humanity he shows in this (and his other) writings.  He also finds ways to avoid discussing abuses of the clergy.  It is brilliant Christian theology, though, and strengthens my faith whenever I read it. 

As Aubrey De Vere wrote:
Fisher and More!
Twins of one justice
On equal thrones

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Why I think it is called Wolf Hall

I read an interesting blog post about why Wolf Hall is called Wolf Hall.  That is the home of the Seymores.  Maybe it has to do with Cromwell's crush (?) on Jane Seymore, as has been suggested.  Although, I am not altogether convinced of that, as several times in the book he doesn't want to give the time to listen to a woman.  Maybe that time will come at Wolf Hall?  He doesn't seem too concerned with romance or passion in the book, so I am not sure that would be a cause for a title, unless there is a major character shift.

I think it could be called Wolf Hall because that is where Thomas Cromwell plans to take a break. Slate's podcast noted that Cromwell is not lusting for power, but he is fixated on it.   There is one scene that I just noticed in listening to the audio book that I missed while reading it.  Cromwell is growing increasingly stressed and looking for a place in his calendar to take a break.  He notes that he will have a few days as a break when they are at Wolf Hall. 
Maybe during the break his fixation for power will transform into something stronger, as Henry's own fixations transform.   Maybe it is called Wolf Hall because that is the point where he will stop striving and stop being "he" (the pronoun use bothered me) and start being "I".

What will the sequel be called? The Tower? The Block? The Axe ?  It would fit the pattern of titling it by future destination.