Bl. Richard Langley

During the Elizabethan period, Richard Langley gave priests asylum in his home. He even built an underground retreat beneath one of his family’s two great estates. In 1586, he was betrayed to the President of the North. An armed dispatch of soldiers was sent to search his houses, finding two priests and apprehending Langley himself. At the trial, Langley refused to swear allegiance to the queen, and sought no mercy from the lord president of Privy Council. He was condemned to death. At York, he was hanged, drawn and quartered, and his remains were refused an honorable burial. His feast day is December 1.

Reflection Questions:

  • When have you done a kindness for someone you didn’t know? When have you received kindness from someone you didn’t know?
  • How often do you take the time to show someone you care?