Today is the feast day of St. Thomas More and of St. John Fisher, both martyrs to the State during the reign of Henry VIII. This is a perfect time to reflect on the relationship between Church and State or, in our time, between the Sacred and the Secular.
"The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God." - John F. Kennedy
"Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure." - Ronald Reagan