LAST WORDS (1)
Reading for 12th March
Blessed William Hart to the Oppressed Catholics.
"Stand fast, brethren, stand steadfast, I say, in that faith which Christ planted, the apostles preached, the martyrs confirmed, the whole world approved and embraced.
Stand firm in that faith which, as it is the oldest, is also the truest and most sure, and which is most in harmony with the Holy Scriptures and with all antiquity.
Stand constant in that faith which has a worship worthy of all honour and reverence, Sacraments most holy, abounding in spiritual consolation.
For it ye have remained constant in this faith, that is, in the Catholic Church, the Ark of Noe, in the house of Rahab, with what joy and consolation of the soul will ye not be flooded: yours will be the Sacrament of Penance for the cleansing of your souls; yours the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Saviour for the refreshing of your souls; you will be partakers of all the satisfaction and merits of Christ, of the fellowship of the Saints, of the suffrages, prayers, fasts and almsdeeds of all the just whom the Catholic Church throughout the world holds in her bosom.
O blessed they, yea, and thrice blessed, who in this deplorable world stand firm in the faith of Christ."
-Blessed William Hart - English Martyr 15th March 1583.
"Your adversary the devil...goeth about seeking whom he may devour, whom resist ye strong in faith." - 1 Peter 5, 8-9
The Mementoes of the Martyrs and Confessor of England and Wales
by Henry Sebastian Bowden of the Oratory.
For films about the English Martyrs: