So I watched this movie about St. Thomas More and what he went through with King Henry VIII...wow, that guy was a genius, and a holy genius at that, which is just so much cooler! ;-) (I also have to add, they did a really good job matching that portrait, the actor looked just like him!)
With election day having been today, and the presidential elections being next year, I couldn't help but notice this portion of the dialogue in the movie, a discussion between Cardinal Wolsey and St. Thomas as Wolsey is trying to gain his support in securing a divorce for Henry VIII. When St. Thomas declines to aid him in such an endeavor, the following exchange takes place:
Cardinal Wolsey: Explain how you as a counselor of England can obstruct these measures, for the sake of your own private conscience.
St. Thomas More: Well, I think that when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.
And...we shall have my prayers to fall back on.
Cardinal Wolsey: Hhmmm, you'd like that wouldn't you, to govern a country with prayers.
St. Thomas More: Yes, I should.
Talk about a modern day patron saint for those seeking, and those already in political office. We need people like St. Thomas with a moral compass and a spine, more than ever.
St. Thomas More, pray for us!!