Monday, June 3, 2019

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Saint Charles Lwanga: Pray for Us!

Saint Charles Lwanga: Pray for Us!Saint Charles Lwanga, wow! How strong and brave of you to practice Christianity knowing the danger around you. You were young but possessed the wisdom of ages. All throughout your ordeal, you maintained your focus on the Risen Lord. Bravery? Maturity? Strength?What are the proper words to describe your resolve? Your actions showed us that you are a true child of God. Help us, especially when faced with difficulties, to know that we are children of God and joint heirs with Christ and you. Amen.

—from African Saints, African Stories: 40 Holy Men and Women


Saint Quote

"Let every knee bend before Thee, O greatness of my God, so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host. May every heart love Thee, every spirit adore Thee and every will be subject to Thee!"
— St. Margaret Mary

Meditation of the Day
"Oh, how sweet and pleasant to that soul and to Me is holy prayer, made in the house of knowledge of self and of Me, opening the eye of the intellect to the light of faith, and the affections to the abundance of My charity, which was made visible to you, through My visible Only-begotten Son, who showed it to you with His blood! Which blood inebriates the soul and clothes her with the fire of divine charity, giving her the food of the Sacrament . . . that is to say, the food of the Body and Blood of My Son, wholly God and wholly man, administered to you by the hand of My vicar, who holds the key of the Blood."
— St. Catherine of Siena, p. 92
An Excerpt From
Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena

Verse of the Day
"My child, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways."
Proverbs 23:26


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Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions

(d. between November 15, 1885 – January 27, 1887)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

Reading 1 Acts 19:1-8

While Apollos was in Corinth,
Paul traveled through the interior of the country
and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
He said to them,
"Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?"
They answered him,
"We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
He said, "How were you baptized?"
They replied, "With the baptism of John."
Paul then said, "John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus."
When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul laid his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Altogether there were about twelve men.

He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly
with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab

R.(33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
God arises; his enemies are scattered,
and those who hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so are they driven;
as wax melts before the fire.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
But the just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
whose name is the LORD.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
The father of orphans and the defender of widows
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2 Col 3:1

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 16:29-33

The disciples said to Jesus,
"Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything
and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
Because of this we believe that you came from God."
Jesus answered them, "Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.
But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world."


Meditation: Acts 19:1-8

Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)

Paul . . . found some disciples. (Acts 19:1)

Try calling to someone across a field on a windy day, and you'll find that the wind interferes with your ability to make contact. All that swirling air muffles your words. If you want to be heard, you need to come close enough for the other person to actually hear you.

Just as coming close to someone helps with all communication, it's also an essential step in reaching out to someone with the love of Jesus.

The apostle Paul knew this firsthand. He spent years traveling from town to town so that he could be close to as many new believers as possible—people like the group he found at Ephesus in today's first reading. These disciples of John the Baptist hadn't yet heard about Jesus' resurrection or his gift of the Holy Spirit. Their hearts were in the right place, but they needed someone like Paul to come close to them, pray with them, and take the time to share what he knew in order for them to take the next step in faith. They needed his presence and his personal touch to help them grasp what John meant when he called Jesus the "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (1:29).

It's not so different today. There are many different philosophies and religious ideas out in the world. There are so many distractions in the media and so many demands on people's lives. Imagine how effective an encounter with sincere, loving followers of Jesus can be in cutting through all that interference.

You can be that connection. Believe it or not, you have much to offer people, starting with the witness of your own story. It's only a matter of taking time to draw near as Paul did. And you don't always have to say anything! Offering to mow a neighbor's lawn, meeting fellow parishioners after Sunday Mass, listening to a troubled friend—these are only a few ways to reach out.

The world is a busy, noisy, windy place, but you have a message that is powerful and moving. Never doubt that the witness of your life and the story of your journey can touch people's hearts and bring them closer to the Lord.

"Holy Spirit, help me to draw closer to people and share my story with them."

Psalm 68:2-7
John 16:29-33



God wants to walk with us, speak with us, share our hopes and dreams, bear our burdens and sorrows, guide us, guard us, and lead us to our perfection in Heaven.
from Mercy and Hope


"And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them..."
They spoke in tongues. They prophesied. Has the Apostle's descendant laid his hands on Confirmation? Then you too should speak in tongues and prophesy! Have you? Will you? In the things of the Lord...there is no looking back! It is now. Would you believe me that I speak in tongues? Would you believe me that I am prophesying? And I'm being literal. Many times in prayer and especially in adoration, I lose words and the words become an elevation of spirit to Him. Many times I prophesy, not foretelling the future, I'm no witch, but I do exhort people to follow closely the Lord's way.

Today we pray: "Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth. God arises; his enemies are scattered, and those who hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so are they driven; as wax melts before the fire. " His enemies flee from Him. When we sin, we get away from Him. We stray away. We lead away, first with a sidestep, and then a quick jog, and soon, a fast pace run. It is a game of inches. Of small things. From which come the greater. And the prophecies persist.


Our Lord said: "Do you believe now? Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone." Just when you think you are doing great in faith. And then reality sets in. A test. I'm not speaking of you but you know what I'm talking about. I mostly can only speak of my own testimony. I'm in ministries and it seems every single one is suffering. They are suffering ministries. The common denominator seems to be very little commitment and very little love. Faith hanging on by a thread. I'm in these with a couple others and one wonders "boy, maybe I should quit, because maybe I'm the whole problem!"

Everyone scatters. But can we gather? That is the question. Shepherds gather. Right? Can we shepherd His flock? Yes of course. How? Let us gather! In the Holy Spirit. I've been encountering some people in my parish and they say our priest don't know how to be a leader, they call him a male chauvinist, and the name callings just keep going. I told them that I disagree but we should gather with Father and explain ourselves. And these people are saying divisive things. These people are looking to leave. They are already stating what other churches they are wanting to attend now. Why do I bring this horrible stuff to the table. Because it hurts and it is not what God wants...scattered flock. But we need encouragement. Our Lord said it and it is true: "In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."

Lord, I am praying devoutly to the Holy Spirit.
Send your Holy Spirit this Pentecost to enliven us and gather us and let us burn for you and you alone. Encourage us Lord. Be with us Heavenly Father.

In the name of Love...the Father, Son, Holy Spirit


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Random Bible Verse1
Philippians 2:3 (Listen)

3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Thank You Jesus

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