The twelfth century martyred Archbishop of Canterbury defended the Church against the inroads of Henry II. To lay down one’s life for the faith and for the Church is not an event of the past. It is said that, every day, there are Christians martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ, thus following in the footsteps of St Thomas Becket.

May he pray for us, and for all who live as Christians in places where it is dangerous to do so. May God bless you this day.