The saint was born in London in 1118. He was a cleric of the Church of Canterbury and became Chancellor of the kingdom, and then in 1162 was chosen to be Archbishop. He strenuously defended the rights of the Church against King Henry II and he was exiled to France for six years. On his return to his country he again had to bear many trials and finally in 1170 he was murdered by the king’s followers.
Prayer: Almighty God, You enabled Saint Thomas Becket to lay down his life with undaunted spirit for the rights of Your Church. Let his prayers help us to deny ourselves for Christ in this life, and so find our true life in heaven. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 29 December 2017
A Christian Pilgrim