AND GOD'S FIRST

William Frederick Yeames, The meeting of Sir Thomas More with his daughter after his sentence of death, 1872
The name of NLI’s blog is inspired by St. Thomas More, who was convicted of treason and executed by Henry VIII for refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy. More’s witness has inspired people of faith for many centuries, as he stood firmly for the rights of conscience despite pressure from the King.

“On his way to the Tower one of his daughters, named Margaret, pushed through the archers and guards, and held him in her embrace some time without being able to speak. Afterwards More, asking leave of the archers, bade her have patience, for it was God's will, and she had long known the secret of his heart. After going 10 or 12 steps she returned and embraced him again, to which he said nothing, except to bid her pray to God for his soul; and this without tears or change of color. On the Tuesday following he was beheaded in the open space in front of the Tower. A little before his death he asked those present to pray to God for him and he would do the same for them [in the other world.] He then besought them earnestly to pray to God to give the King good counsel, protesting that he died his faithful servant, and God's first.”

The Paris Newsletter Account of More’s Trial and Execution,
August 4, 1535
“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9

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