Happy feast of the assumption :)

Many of you probably know that today is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in the Roman Catholic church. I just wanted to say to all my Catholic readers that I hope you have a lovely day today. I love days like this when we can all gather for the liturgy in the middle of the week.
I know that some of my Anglican readers do not yet believe in the Assumption, and that is ok. I have a lot of respect for Marian devotion in the Anglican Communion. I just wanted to say that the blessed virgin Mary has had a tremendous impact on my faith life. She is in many ways the first evangelist, so I would like to ask all of my Anglican readers to ask her to prey for me so that I might do a better job in my attempts to teach you about our church.

Bl. William Freeman

Hello wonderful readers,
Forever and a day ago, I promised you that we were going to talk about the inspiring lives of the English Martyrs. Today, we are going to begin to do that by talking about Bl. William Freeman, whose feast day was yesterday.
Bl. William lived from 1558 until 1589. Growing up, he was a devout Anglican. In 1586, he witnessed the Martyrdom of another English Catholic and was never the same again. He left for France, where he became a priest. After this, he returned to England, where he lived devoutly until the day of his own martyrdom in 1589.
Bl. William Freeman is so inspiring to me because of his ability to hear and receive the truth of the Catholic faith. I think he is also a great example for Anglicans who are thinking of coming into the church. Sometimes, Anglicans are afraid that they are being disloyal to England if they become Catholic. Bl. William remained loyal to England, but he recognized that loyalty to God must come first. I think that all of us can learn a lot from this martyr’s struggles with loyalty.