Dec. 29, 2016 (5th day Within the Octave of Christmas)

Today is also the Optional Memorial for one of the most famous martyrs of the Middle Ages, Thomas Becket, who was murdered while at the altar by a group of knights. As Archbishop of Canterbury he defended the freedoms and rights of the Church. He was canonized just 3 years after his death. When I was stationed in England I visited the Cathedral where he was martyred. It is a famous place of pilgrimage and was the destination for the pilgrims in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

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