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St Thomas Becket died for the rights of the Church under the reigning king Henry II He was martyred while he was giving mass and he was enabled to be willing to die for the faith that he loved Thomas stands for the principle of God against Caesar Somewhere between these two points between these respective duties comes a dividing line where the territories meet A man of conscience must decide on which side he will stand It is the old conflict between Church and State It was on that difficult borderline that Thomas was called upon to live and die What he resisted in those early years other men did not see or understand but he foresaw the dangers ahead that eventually overwhelmed the Church in England Thomas was born into a Norman family and was baptized the same day All remarked upon his purity of life He loved the lovely things of God the noble horse the swift flying falcon and God looked upon him with pleasure So from about 1142 he was employed as a clerk at the court of Archbishop Theobald of Canterbury Because of his noble bearing his shrewdness and capability the archbishop himself noticed him Thomas encountered the highest in the land even became a close friend of the king himself who like the archbishop took a fancy to him In 1154 while still quite young Thomas was ordained a deacon and appointed archdeacon of Canterbury In this position Archbishop Theobald used him as a negotiator with the Crown The following year 1155 Thomas was made Chancellor of England a post in which he loyally served Henry II for seven years as diplomat diplomat and soldier Thomass personal efficiency lavish entertainment and support for the kings interests even on occasion against those of the Church made him an outstanding royal official All these dignities were a wonderful ascent but Thomas rose rapidly to power by his ability
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