Sunday 13 December 2015

Refined Gold, St. Eustace White, an English Martyr

Saint Eustace White
Saint Polydore Plasden, a fellow English Martyr, was executed on the
same day, 10th December 1591, as Saint Eustace White
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Screenshot from 'Saint Polydore Plasden' DVD
He was born at Louth, Lincolnshire, and his conversion much offended his father, an earnest Protestant, that he laid his curse upon him; but God turned the curse to a blessing, and Eustace White became a priest and entered on the English mission in 1588.
He was apprehended at Blandford, and having confessed himself a priest, a certain doctor of divinity, reputed of great learning, was sent to dispute with him; but the doctor's learning disappointed his supporters. At the Bridewell in London Mr White was once hung up by Topcliffe in iron manacles for eight hours together, but nothing could be extracted from him of the least prejudice to Catholics.
Saint Robert Southwell, a fellow English Martyr, was also hung up in
irons by Richard Topcliffe.
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Screenshot from 'Saint Robert Southwell' DVD
 In his suffering he cried out, "Lord, more pain if Thou pleasest, and more patience!" while to his torturer he said, "I am not angry with you for all this, but shall pray to God for your welfare and salvation." Topcliffe replied in a passion that he wanted not the prayers of heretics, and would have him hanged at the next sessions. "I will pray for you at the gallows, for you have great need of prayers," was White's reply. He was executed with several others, including Saint Polydore Plasden, at Tyburn on 10th December 1591, aged 31.
"As gold in the furnace he hath proved them." - Wis. 3, 6.
Reading for 13th December
Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessors of England and Wales
by Henry Sebastian Bowden
"The morrow after Simon and Jude's day I was hanged at the wall from the ground, my manacles fast locked into a staple as high as I could reach upon a stool: the stool taken away where I hanged from a little after 8 o'clock in the morning until after 4 in the afternoon, without any ease or comfort at all, saving that Topcliffe came in and told me that the Spaniards were come into Southwark by our means: 'For lo, do you not hear the drums' (for then the drums played in honour of the Lord Mayor). The next day after also I was hanged up an hour or two: such is the malicious minds of our adversaries."— In a letter from Saint Eustace White written to Father Henry Garnet from prison, 23 November 1591.
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Saint Edmund Gennings, also executed on 10th December 1591
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