Monday, October 25, 2010

St. Philip Howard

He is one of my favorites among the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
Thereon began his long term of imprisonment, never knowing from day to day which would be his last. Each day he spent several hours in prayer and meditation; he was noted for his patience in suffering and courtesy to unkind keepers. Weakened by malnutrition and not without a suspicion of having been poisoned, he died on 19th October, 1595. He was 39 years old and had spent the last eleven years of his life in the Tower of London.

Written on the step before the Shrine is this inscription: "The more affliction we endure for Christ in this world, the more glory we shall obtain with Christ in the next." This is a translation of the original Latin cut by St. Philip over the fireplace in the Beauchamp Tower, which visitors to the Tower of London can still see:

Quanto plus afflictionis pro Christo in hoc saeculo, tanto plus gloriae cum Christo in futuro. Arundell - June 22, 1587.

4 comments:

Matterhorn said...

Beautiful face.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, indeed!

Julygirl said...

I am assuming this is the same Howard family influential in the settling of Maryland, along with the Calvert family, all Roman Catholic. The Howard name is mentioned in the Maryland State anthem.

tubbs said...

I keep that picture, 4x6, framed, on my dresser back home. One of my favorite saints.

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