The Word Among Us

June 2006 Issue

The Joyful Duty

How St. Thomas More—the busiest man of his age—found contentment in his calling

By: Kevin Perrotta

St. Thomas More is widely known as "a man for all seasons," but he is best known for the final season of his life. A prominent government official when Henry VIII seized control over the church in England, Thomas refused to go along with the power grab. For that, Henry had him executed, in July 1535.

Thomas' final stand of conscience was so heroic that it can overshadow much of what came before. But Thomas really was a man who followed...

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