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Every day this Lent, we’ll explore the
life and faith of a bearded Catholic saint.
We’ll pray with them, and together we’ll grow in holiness and manliness.
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St. Thomas More
FEAST DAY: JUNE 22ND | LIVED: 1478-1535
St. Thomas More is a clear sign that you can’t always believe the images of Saints as depicted on the internet. He had a beard (so we added one to his picture). In addition to fighting for the truth of Christ and the Church in the middle of a challenging period of history, St. Thomas was also an accomplished author and masterful statesman. At his execution he asked the executioner to lay his beard off to the side so that it would not be cut because it, “Hath not offended the king”.
Truth and mirth unto death.
Daily Blessing of the Beard
Lord above, bless this beard as it grows from my face.
Let it serve as a reminder that I am yours.
Let it serve as a symbol of my role in your kingdom.
Let it serve as a sign of your blessing in my life.
As I was anointed and claimed for you at my Baptism,
I anoint this beard as a reminder of love.
Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good
and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I.”
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy,
and to be able to share it with others.