We remember Thomas of Canterbury–better known as Becket. Once a friend of the king, when he was made Archbishop of Canterbury he defended the Church unto his death. He is the kind of person that should be on our list of heroes. What he did was not politically correct, nor was it self-serving. He did what he had sworn before God that he would do, so much so that Henry II asked “Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?”
Yesterday our priest explained that the Octave of Christmas is like elastic. The season is s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out, and though we are still at the crib, we are introduced to wonderful, courageous people who would accompany Christ in their own lives, many of whom would embrace the cross of martyrdom. St. Thomas was one of those.
I remember Ian today, who took the name of Thomas at his confirmation.