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.

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Remembering the English martyrs

Hello again my wonderful readers,
I am sorry that it has been a long time since I have written to you. My free time over the past month has been rather scarce. However, I will make it up to you and I prey that our time of praying and thinking together about how best to unify ourselves with our Anglican brothers and sisters will be fruitful And pleasing to our lord.
Today is the feast day of some of the martyrs who died in Mexico over 100 years ago. As I think about their lives today and pray to our Lady of Guadalupe that religious freedom might flourish in Mexico, I am reminded of the English martyrs who lay down their lives for the unity of the church during the English Reformation. Sometimes it is easy to feel as if our work towards unification with the Anglican church is not necessary because of their closeness in doctrine to our own church. However, when we study the lives of men, like St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher, who died so that the two churches might not have split, we realized that this is indeed not the case. It is important that we remember their contribution and that we ask them to pray and intercede for us on this our prayerful journey of evangelization. For the next few posts, I will reflect on the lives of some of the most important ones.

On the importance of the green scapular

Although there are obviously many great things that we can do To work towards the eventual reception of all Anglicans into full unity with the Catholic Church, The greatest and most valuable thing that we can ever do for our Anglican brothers and sisters is to pray for them to our God and to the immaculate heart of Mary. Today I wish to remind or educate you about a very fulfilling way that we can do this. I am talking about the green scapular which was given to us by our lady.
The green scapular is yet another way to express our love for the immaculate heart of Mary. It is associated with conversion. The prayer which is associated with it is immaculate heart of Mary pray for us now and at the hour of our death. You can either wear it for one of your Anglican friends or, if it seems to be prudent, put a green scapular into their belongings. Below is a link to the green scapular society which has more information about this wonderful devotion that I could possibly tell you in a blog post. I encourage all of you to buy green scapulars, to wear them and to join the green scapular society. May all of you remain forever devoted to our immaculate mother.

www.greenscapular.com