"The Holy Blissful Martyr"
On Monday I turn forty. It is an appropriate time for reflection, I suppose. And being the kind of person that I am, and doing what I am now doing, I have been doing a great deal of thinking about my spiritual journey. As some readers may know, I am an adult convert to Christianity. I had a conversion experience while studying in England in 1989 and received Holy Baptism on June 3, 1990. A week later I made a pilgrimage to Canterbury. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life. St Thomas Beckett has been a particularly strong exemplar for me ever since. Would that I had his courage to stand up for the Faith no matter what the cost!
(Image of St. Thomas Beckett, 13th cent. stained glass, Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral)