Posted by: matt25 | June 3, 2014

I Am Thankful For Their Witness. Will Anyone Be Thankful For Mine?

How important is your faith to you? Are you willing to be laughed at, or lose “friends” because of your faithfulness to God, or do you keep your faith hidden to avoid these and other unpleasant issues?

We do not exist as solitary creatures only. In fact, we empower or undermine the ability of others to live in freedom by the choices we make. If we strive to live our faith “out loud” in the marketplace we give permission and courage to others to do the same.

Christians have always known this and looked to the lives of Jesus and the Saints for inspiration. Today is a a day to draw strength from the example of St Charles Lwanga and his companions who were martyred, some by the machete and some by being wrapped in kindling and burned.

I am blessed to have been able to visit the shrine to these young men of faith in Uganda just about 2 years ago and the reality of their deaths, and even more so their lives has become a touchstone of faith for me. I pray that it shall ever be so.

Draw strength from those who have lived lives of heroic virtue and be a light for virtue to your family, friends, and acquaintances. Make a difference in their lives and your own.

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From AmericanCatholic.org “Saint of the Day”

One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa. He protected his fellow pages (aged 13 to 30) from the homosexual demands of the Bagandan ruler, Mwanga, and encouraged and instructed them in the Catholic faith during their imprisonment for refusing the ruler’s demands. For his own unwillingness to submit to the immoral acts and his efforts to safeguard the faith of his friends, Charles was burned to death at Namugongo on June 3, 1886, by Mwanga’s order.

Charles first learned of Christ’s teachings from two retainers in the court of Chief Mawulugungu. While a catechumen, he entered the royal household as assistant to Joseph Mukaso, head of the court pages. On the night of Mukaso’s martyrdom for encouraging the African youths to resist Mwanga, Charles requested and received Baptism. Imprisoned with his friends, Charles’s courage and belief in God inspired them to remain chaste and faithful.

When Pope Paul VI canonized these 22 martyrs on October 18, 1964, he referred to the Anglican pages martyred for the same reason.

Comment:
Like Charles Lwanga, we are all teachers and witnesses to Christian living by the examples of our own lives. We are all called upon to spread the word of God, whether by word or deed. By remaining courageous and unshakable in our faith during times of great moral and physical temptation, we live as Christ lived.

Quote:
On his African tour in 1969, Pope Paul VI told 22 young Ugandan converts that “being a Christian is a fine thing but not always an easy one.”

TUESDAY, JUNE 03, 2014
Saint of the Day for 6/2/2014

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