FAITH AND WORKS
SAINT JOHN ALMOND - ENGLISH MARTYR
READING FOR 6TH DECEMBER
Filming for the Martyrs © 2010
DVDs of the English Martyrs - Mary's Dowry Productions
AT the scaffold one of the preachers had urged that the Catholic Church taught that good works justified our faith. Saint John Almond answered that faith and good works justified together. The minister said that faith alone justified. Saint John Almond asked what faith an infant could have before he had the use of reason? The minister left that question and talked of something else.
Saint John Almond, kneeling down, begged God's Mercy, not doubting that, many as his sins were, Christ by His Death and the shedding of His Blood would remit and forgive them, and that He would now accept his willingness to shed his blood for His Glory.
English Martyr Saint Polydore Plasden
Executed at Tyburn © 2010 Mary's Dowry Productions
"What," exclaimed a minister, "can you match and compare Christ's blood-shedding with yours? Cannot Christ by Himself work your salvation?"
"You mistake me," replied the martyr; "my sins deserve Christ's wrath and punishment. It is His death alone, and the shedding of His Blood alone, that is not only efficient but also sufficient to save us all. I have not much more to say, one hour overtaketh another, and though never so long at last cometh death; and yet not death, for death is the gate of life to us, whereby we enter into everlasting blessedness; life is death to those who do not provide for death, for they are ever tossed and troubled with vexations, miseries and wickedness, but to use this life well is the pathway, through death, to everlasting life."
"Faith without works is dead." - James 2, 26
Reading for 6th December
Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales
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