Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado

St. Thomas More, saint and lawyer, is our patron and our inspiration. Thomas was born in 1478, called to the Bar in 1501, and after an illustrious career, became the Lord Chancellor of England in 1529. He incurred the wrath of King Henry VIII when he resigned as Chancellor rather than acknowledge the King as Supreme Head of the English Church. In 1535, Thomas was committed to the Tower of London, charged with treason and executed. On May 19, 1935, Pope Pius XI canonized Thomas. Learn more about the Guild.


THOMAS MORE, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints:

PRAY that, for the glory of GOD and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients’ tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.

PRAY that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God’s first.


This prayer is an adaption of “An Appeal to St. Thomas More” by Henry Bender, Jr.,
published in The Catholic Mind, Feb. 1951.

©Center for Thomas More Studies With ecclesiastical approval Bishop Joseph A. Galante
March 5, 2003