Bl William Harrington
(1566 – 1594)
Blessed William was born at Mt. St. John in Yorkshire, England. Inspired by St Edmund Campion, who was executed at Tyburn in London in 1581, he studied for the priesthood at Reims and Tournai in France and, despite ill health which forced him to suspend his studies for six years, was ordained in 1591.
In the summer of 1592, Blessed William returned to England to serve the Catholic faithful but by May 1593, his actions became known to the authorities and he was arrested and imprisoned. Blessed William was offered the chance of release if he renounced his faith and became a Protestant. He resolutely refused and was subsequently sentenced to died by hanging, drawing and quartering at Tyburn, as had St Edmund Campion 13yrs earlier. He was executed on 18th February 1594.
His Feast Day is the 18th February although he is also remembered on 22nd November as one of the forty English and Welsh martyrs.
Pray for us that we will find true joy living Jesus’ Gospel despite unforeseen trials.
Glory be to the…
Jesus said to his disciples, “Watch out, beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod”, but they didn’t understand. (Mark 8:15)
The disciples thought Jesus was talking about the use of yeast to make bread but, no! Yeast had another meaning, it symbolised corruption. Jesus was alerting them to such dangers.
Lord Jesus, dangers surround me. Help me to guard against short-term attractions. Give me the strength to see only You and your message of eternal life.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.
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Almighty God, thank you for this new day. Bless me and keep me safe.