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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, April 23, 2020
Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.
It is very hard to compare St. Thomas More’s denunciation of common sins and popular heresies with our attitudes toward the same things today, without realizing that we have a lost a great deal of our love, gratitude and respect for the gifts we have received through Jesus Christ. While in the Tower awaiting execution, More offered several trenchant observations in his commentary on “the sadness, the weariness, the fear and the prayer of Christ before he was taken prisoner”. (This book was most recently published in 1993 by Scepter as The Sadness of Christ).
While the work is mostly a consideration of the meaning of the various accounts of Our Lord’s betrayal by Judas “into the hands of sinners”, More does offer some applications to conditions in his own day. I wish to quote two of these applications in their entirety. ….