Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Feast of Our Lady of Beauraing
is today. There is information on it here.
It is also the feast of St.Cuthbert Mayne, Priest and Martyr.

The possession of an Agnus Dei was the foremost charge in the indictment brought against the first of our Martyrs among the Missionary Priests in the reign of bloody Elizabeth. "As soon as the Sheriff came into the chamber," say the Acts of the martyrdom of Cuthbert Maine, "he took Mr. Maine by the bosom, and said to him, What art thou? he answered, I am a man. Whereat the Sheriff, being very hot, asked if he had a coat of mail under his doublet; and so unbuttoned it, and found an Agnus Dei case about his neck, which he took from him, and called him traitor and rebel, with many other opprobrious names." Maine was hanged, cut down alive, falling from a great height, and then quartered. He was the first-fruit of a sanguinary persecution, which lasted a hundred years.

Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., Lectures on the Present Position of Catholics in England


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