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January 11, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

Blessed William Carter
(d. 1584)

Born in London, William Carter entered the printing business at an early age. For many years he served as apprentice to well-known Catholic printers, one of whom served a prison sentence for persisting in the Catholic faith. William himself served time in prison following his arrest for "printing lewd [i.e., Catholic] pamphlets" as well as possessing books upholding Catholicism.
But even more, he offended public officials by publishing works that aimed to keep Catholics firm in their faith. Officials who searched his house found various vestments and suspect books, and even managed to extract information from William's distraught wife. Over the next 18 months William remained in prison, suffering torture and learning of his wife's death.

He was eventually charged with printing and publishing the Treatise of Schisme, which allegedly incited violence by Catholics and which was said to have been written by a traitor and addressed to traitors. While William calmly placed his trust in God, the jury met for only 15 minutes before reaching a verdict of "guilty." William, who made his final confession to a priest who was being tried alongside him, was hanged, drawn and quartered the following day: January 11, 1584.

He was beatified in 1987.

Comment:
It didn’t pay to be Catholic in Elizabeth I’s realm. In an age when religious diversity did not yet seem possible, it was high treason, and practicing the faith was dangerous. William gave his life for his efforts to encourage his brothers and sisters to keep up the struggle. These days, our brothers and sisters also need encouragement—not because their lives are at risk, but because many other factors besiege their faith. They look to us.

1 year 3 months ago

I see the possibility of this happening in the US in the coming decades not just to Catholics but to all Christians. Pastors who have published certain moral opinions have been accused of "hate crimes" The penalties for "hate crimes" will escalate. Let us pray that people will come forth in the spirit of William Carter and Thomas More

1 year 3 months ago

We are already seeing a "light" persecution in this country and all out persecution in other countries. God grant us grace to walk the walk of Jesus.

1 year 3 months ago

Persecution is never "light" only insidious. First Christians are urged to not be different. Then they are offered ways to get around renouncing their faith "You don't have actually sacrifice to Jupiter just pay this little tax and someone will do it for you. Then enter the thugs and the government turns a blind eye. Then there are rumors "The Christians set the fires" Then religion is outlawed. If you don't believe that this is happening read this

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1 year 3 months ago

Thank you "Sisters" for your insight & openess. As in all events of our earthly existance, every action on our part necessarly causes an event somewhere else & so it is & will be with our coming actions to gain God's wisdom that is placed here to empower His faithful followers! As in an earlier post, it was stated The ONE God's mighty hands are moving across our once proud & God-fearing nation even as we pen this post to paper!

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1 year 3 months ago

All we can do is pray for courage and the ability to listen to what God wishes us to do.

1 year 3 months ago

Thank you "Sister" Bennett for this insight & you're correct, God is speaking to us all by illuminating the many wrongs being placed upon His children, faithful or not.This "Ship has already sailed" for those of us who try to live our faith daily.It's our duty to speak up & out as we witness the evil & corruption being produced & spread at the highest levels of our nation & local communities! This is our time now!
Peace be with you!

1 year 3 months ago

Amen Pastor Ron

1 year 3 months ago
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