St. John Fisher (+June 22, 1535) was an English cardinal who had become the beloved tutor of the young King Henry VIII. He eventually became the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

St. Thomas More (+July 6, 1535), a married layman, was an English lawyer, philosopher, author, statesman, noted renaissance humanist and Lord Chancellor, a position of power second only to the lustful King Henry VIII.

What did the two English Catholics have in common? They were both martyred, John, by beheading, and Thomas, by hanging, for refusing to acknowledge Henry’s second marriage as legitimate, and for upholding the doctrine of papal primacy. Henry VIII had named himself head of the English Church at that point.

St. John Fisher: “Sin is so odious to God, that He would not receive His dearest friend in whom deadly sin should be found after death. If one deadly sin were found in… the Virgin, (she) would be thrown into the dungeon of hell. Say not that you may do what you wish, because His love is so much upon you; rather the more He loves you, beware the more that you offend Him not.”

St. Thomas More had first-hand knowledge of a miracle by Our Lady and recorded it. The twelve-year old daughter of a friend suffered from seizures in which she spasmed, blasphemed and was said to utter prophesy. She was “vexed and tormented by our ghostly enemy, the devil,” a truly ugly and scary experience. After she had a vision of the statue of Our Lady of Ipswich, she was taken there, and in the presence of everyone, she was restored “perfectly and suddenly.” She later became a nun.

They share the same Feast Day: June 22