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House of More

House Patron: St. Thomas More     MORE
House Color: Purple
Feast Day:  February 7 (his birthday)   
Motto: Ambula in Via Angusta (“Walk the narrow way”)

Symbol: The Raven
According to English legend, there have been ravens at the Tower of London for centuries; when the ravens leave, so the legend goes, England herself will follow.

The royal purple of the House of More leads us to the crux of Saint Thomas More’s life: he cared more about the divine law of God, King of the Universe, than the human law of Henry VIII, King of England.  One of the most brilliant scholars of his time, Thomas briefly considered the monastic life before choosing a life of public service and academic excellence. In addition to being a legal expert and a Classics master, Thomas helped the King write a book in response to Martin Luther titled In Defense of the Seven Sacraments.  He was famous in England and throughout Europe as a Humanist scholar and then as the first lay Chancellor of England.  The gold chain across the crest suggests the ceremonial Chain of Office that More renounced when the King asked him to act against his conscience.  Through trial, imprisonment, and condemnation, Thomas continued to affirm the Church’s teaching on marriage and the authority of the pope. The crossed axes are the symbol of his martyrdom; he was beheaded in 1535 after affirming, “I die the King’s good servant, and God’s first.”  The motto of the House of More, ambula in via angusta, comes from a prayer he wrote while imprisoned in the Tower of London, where he prayed for the strength to “walk the narrow way that leads to life.” He walked the narrow way to eternal life with his heroic death. Saint Thomas More is the patron of the Diocese of Arlington.  Saint Thomas More, pray for us!
The statue of Saint Thomas More can be found in the rotunda near the library.