Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Ropes

Edmund Campion was beatified by Pope Leo XIII on December 9, 1886.[1] Blessed Edmund Campion was canonized nearly eighty-four years later in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales with a common feast day of October 25. His feast day is celebrated on December 1, the day of his martyrdom.

The actual ropes used in his execution are now kept in glass display tubes at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire; each year they are placed on the altar of St Peter's Church for Mass to celebrate Campion's feast day - which is always a holiday for the school.[2]

Link (here) to eNotes

Saint Edmund Campion, Jesuit priest, prayed on the scaffold for those responsible for his death - “I recommend your case and mine to Almightie God, the Searcher of hearts, to the end that we may at last be friends in heaven, when all injuries shall be forgotten.” (1581)

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Maria said...

"In condemning us, you condemn all your own ancestors, all our ancient bishops and kings, all that was once the glory of England -- the island of saints, and the most devoted child of the See of Peter."

Mo meager wordsmith he, hmm? Just love the links, Joseph.

Anonymous said...

There is only one rope associated with St Edmund Campion kept at Stonyhurst College, the Jesuit school in Lancashire: the rope that bound his hands to the tressle. It is indeed kept in a cylindrical reliquary of glass with silver-gilt mounts. The other cylindrical reliquary contains the corporal used by Campion and his associated priest-martyrs for the celebration of Mass in the Tower of London prior to their martyrdom. Both are placed on the high altar in the church at Stonyhurst on St Edmund's feast, known to the school as Campion Day.

After St Edmund's martyrdom the rope was saved and worn tightly round the waist of Fr Robert Persons SJ, his associate, as an act of mortification. Thereafter it was kept among the relics of English Jesuit martyrs, all of which are now kept at S

Anonymous said...

The conclusion to the previous comment should be 'are now kept at Stonyhurst'.

Joseph Fromm said...

It has been my experience that Jesuits of all backgrounds have deep and profound respect for St. Edmund Campion, S.J.

Anonymous said...

Good Jesuit!

Anonymous said...

Will all injuries really be forgotten in heaven? Will we all be friends after death? That's not what the gospels claim Jesus said.

Anonymous said...

"Balthasar,in Dare We Hope "That All Men Be Saved"? claimed there was no certainty that anyone is in Hell or ever will be in Hell. ...

"It seems compassionate to desire that all men be saved and to be horrified at the thought of anyone suffering eternal punishment -- even Judas. But this feeling must not cloud the intellect to the point of undermining the Gospel ...."

Anonymous said...

'It has been my experience that Jesuits of all backgrounds have deep and profound respect for St Edmund Campion SJ.'

May be so, may be not. The real problem is that should a man of Campion's calibre and conviction apply to enter the Society of Jesus today, he would probably be refused. There is an unbridgeable gulf between the Jesuit saints and the modern Society and the former would be unable to recognize the latter, from St Ignatious onwards. The mentalities of both are irreconcilable.

In the unlikely event of canonizing Pedro Arrupe, he would be the sole representative of the latter day outlook. But the chances are slim.