Wednesday, December 29, 2021
December 29 is the feast day of St. Thomas Becket. He was the chancellor of King Henry II and was later appointed as Archbishop of Canterbury. King Henry had thought his friendship with Thomas would make him sympathetic to the demands of the king. But Thomas spoke out when the king started taking away the Church’s rights. Henry famously said, “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest!” Four of his knights went to Canterbury Cathedral and martyred Thomas.
St. Thomas Becket is the patron saint of secular clergy.