The birth of Saint John the Baptist was foretold by an angel of the Lord to his father, Zachary. It was the office of Saint John to prepare the way for Christ, and before he was born into the world he began to live for the Incarnate God.
Devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus goes back to the 11th century, but until the 16th century was a private devotion. The first feast was celebrated in 1670 in France. After, the devotion spread, but took the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to become universal.
Saint Thomas More was imprisoned for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as supreme head of the Church of England. He was eventually beheaded, his last words being "I die the king's good servant, but God's first."