Quote/s of the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of Blessed William Hart (1558-1583) Priest Martyr (Hung, drawn and quartered today in 1583 by the Persecutions of Elizabeth I.
He was aged 25 years old).
THE LAST WORDS
Blessed William Hart
to the Oppressed Catholics
of Elizabethan England
“Lest, perhaps, when I have preached to others,
I myself should become a castaway.”
1 Cor 9:27
“This is the first, the last, the only request I make
and have yet made or ever shall.
Fulfil these my desires, hear my voice, keep to my counsel.
But why do I, a miserable and unhappy sinner,
beg of you that, in this age,
most poisoned and most dangerous to the good,
you should persevere,
firm and constant in your confession,
where Angels, Archangels, Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Virgins,
the whole world beseech it,
when the salvation of your souls
and the good God Himself, make the same entreaty –
that you should remain firm in the Faith
you have once received
and in your confession of the Truth!
May God of His Infinite Mercy,
help you to do so and I, your spiritual father,
though weak and loaded with sins innumerable,
will never cease to pray for you,
both in this life and the next.
Wherefore I entreat you, in every way I can,
to be mindful of me, as often as you offer
Your devout prayers to God,
lest I be, like a melting candle,
which giveth light to others and is itself consumeth.
Again and again farewell, my much desired ones.
The servant of all and everyone of you.”
Father William Hart
“The joy of this life is nothing;
the joy of the after life is everlasting.”