St. Thomas More


'Kindness, modesty, affability, depending on the situation being capable of been wonderful, to laugh and have fun, at the same time being able to have a solemn seriousness ... this makes a man for all type of seasons'. His elegance was due to the ability to be authentically lovable in good times and in bad luck, so in the most different situations such as a gala dinner, a family reunion or a scientific disquisition.

One of his friends, Erasmus of Rotterdam, said of him: 'In Moro, his face corresponds to his personality because it always shows sympathy and friendship, but also taking chances to laugh. It is more conducive to good humor and festivity than to assume serious and solemn attitudes, while not giving absolutely nothing to unseemly and vulgar nonsense. '

Erasmus says of Tommaso Moro, 'he seems born and created for friendship, he cultivates it with total sincerity and maintains it with constant tenacity. In society he shows a rare courtesy and kindness in his manner, so that there is no person so melancholy in nature that he does not know how to cheer, nor so great a disaster that he does not know how to make the nuisance disappear '.

A dress is not enough to be elegant, the authentic elegance is given by the affability towards the neighbor in all circumstances, not only when things are going well. A certain grace in saying and doing, this is worthy of esteem and admiration, this is what courtesy is (Riccardo Yepes).

I wish we could all be more like this great saint and jurist of the sixteenth century ...

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest. 
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it. 
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good 
and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil, 
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place. 
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, 
nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I.” 
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor. 
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, 
and to be able to share it with others.