The church shall be open, even to our enemies.
We are not here to triumph by fighting , by stratagem, or by resistance,
Not to fight with beasts as men. We have fought the beast
And have conquered. We have only to conquer
Now, by suffering. This is the easier victory.
Now is the triumph of the Cross, now
Open the door! I command it. Open the door!
The martyrdom of Thomas à Becket, which has served as inspiration for any number of literary and artistic works throughout the ages, took place 839 years ago today. To quote Margaret’s thoughts when reflecting on the good Archbishop: “I do love that meddlesome priest.”