Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Feast of St. Eligius, Bishop
is today. There is information on him here.
It is also the feast of St. Edmund Campion, S.J., Priest and Martyr, St. Alexander Briant, S.J., Priest and Martyr, St. Nicholas Owen, S.J., Martyr, St. Thomas Garnet, S.J., Priest and Martyr, Blessed John Beche, O.S.B., Abbot and Martyr, Blessed Ralph Ashley, S.J., Martyr, and Blessed Richard Langley, Martyr .

"Campion was cruelly torn and rent upon the rack divers times. "Before he went to the rack, he used to fall down at the rack-house door, upon both knees, to commend himself to God's mercy; and upon the rack he called continually upon God, repeating often the holy name of Jesus. His keeper asked him the next day, how he felt his hands and feet, he answered, 'Not ill, because not at all.' He was hanged and embowelled at Tyburn....Alexander Brian had needles thrust under his nails, was torn upon the rack, hanged, and beheaded...."

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


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