Don’t worry

His Hermeneuticalness has a great post about happiness in the present moment over at his excellent place.

Here is a portion of it.    Do go visit him, however.  He ranges from Stocism, eschatology, to … and I love it when he does this … another exposition of Richard Dawkins for the crass dolt he really is.

I also love the story of St John Fisher’s final hours in the Tower. On 22 June 1535, when the Lieutenant of the Tower of London came to tell him that he was to be executed that morning, there was this exchange:

‘Well,’ quoth the Bishop, ‘if this be your errand hither, it is no news unto me; I have looked daily for it. I pray you, what is it a’clock?’

‘It is,’ quoth the Lieutenant, ‘about five.’

‘What time,’ quoth the bishop, ‘must be mine hour to go out hence?’

‘About ten of the clock,’ said the Lieutenant.

‘Well, then,’ quoth the bishop, ‘I pray you, let me sleep an hour or twain. For I may say to you, I slept not much this night, not for fear of death, I tell you, but by reason of my great sickness and weakness.’

In other words, "Although I am going to have my head chopped off in a couple of hours, I’m a bit tired and I’d just like to get a little more sleep."

Perhaps St. John Fisher can intercede in the matter of the upcoming elections in the USA.

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  1. Jon says:


    St. John Fisher suffered martyrdom on my birthday. I consider him and St. Thomas More my patrons.

    Now, may I use that as a flimsy excuse to be the first to wish you, as of tomorrow, Ad multos annos yourself.

    PS – I thought of buying you a birthday beer last Thursday, but I didn’t want to jump the gun too much!

  2. KK says:

    And allow me to be the second. Happy Birthday tomorrow. I look forward to birthday food photos.

  3. David Osterloh says:

    Hear Hear, and many you be blessed and bless us, with many more years to come

  4. Woody Jones says:

    Ad multos annos, Father.

  5. Lori Ehrman says:

    Father, Happy Birthday from Texas!

  6. Junipera says:

    In regards to the intersession of the Saints for this upcoming election, Fr. Corapi has started a Novena to Our Lady of Victory for that intention starting today, Oct. 27th., and ending on election day. A link to the Novena:

  7. Mike B. says:

    Father, it’s truly impossible to thank you for all you do for The Church, but I’ll try anyway. Thanks very much for all you do! As I said in another post this week, I look forward to meeting you one day; the beer will be on me!

    Ad multos annos,


  8. Mitch says:

    Ad Multos Annos!

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