Today's Saint

Blessed Adrian Fortescue

Blessed Adrian Fortescue

Blessed Adrian Fortescue, born in 1476 in Hertfordshire, England, was a nobleman of great influence and deep faith. As a member of the distinguished Fortescue family, Adrian enjoyed a life of privilege and responsibility. He was a knight, serving with distinction in various military campaigns, and was a loyal subject of King Henry VIII.

Adrian’s life took a significant turn when he became deeply committed to his Catholic faith. Despite the political and religious turmoil of his time, he remained steadfast in his devotion to the Church. Adrian was known for his piety, generosity, and dedication to his family and community.

During the reign of King Henry VIII, England underwent a profound religious upheaval. The king’s break with the Catholic Church and the establishment of the Church of England led to widespread persecution of those who remained loyal to the Pope. Adrian, refusing to renounce his faith, became a target of this persecution.

In 1539, Adrian was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Despite the harsh conditions and pressure to conform, he remained unwavering in his commitment to his Catholic faith. On July 9, 1539, Adrian Fortescue was executed for his refusal to accept the king’s supremacy over the Church. He was beatified in 1895 by Pope Leo XIII, recognized for his heroic virtue and martyrdom.

  • Lesson 1: Standing Firm in Faith: Blessed Adrian Fortescue’s life teaches us the importance of maintaining our faith even when faced with immense pressure to conform. In today’s world, we may encounter challenges to our beliefs in various settings, such as at work, school, or within social circles. Adrian’s example inspires us to stand firm in our faith, regardless of the consequences.
  • Lesson 2: Integrity and Virtue: Adrian’s dedication to living a life of integrity and virtue, even in the face of persecution, reminds us to uphold our moral values in all aspects of our lives. Whether in our personal relationships, professional endeavors, or community involvement, his life encourages us to act with honesty, courage, and fidelity to our principles.

Prayer to Blessed Adrian Fortescue:

O Blessed Adrian Fortescue, you who remained steadfast in your faith and upheld integrity and virtue in the face of persecution, pray for us, that we may have the courage to stand firm in our beliefs. Help us to live lives of integrity, acting with honesty and fidelity in all that we do. Through your intercession, may we grow in faith, hope, and love, and remain true to our principles in every aspect of our lives. Amen.

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