See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, June 03, 2011

Uganda Martyrs - reprised.

Saint Charles Lwangda and Companions
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I always find it ironic that the feast day of a group of martyrs who were put to death for refusing King Mwanga of Uganda homosexual advances is celebrated during what has come to be known as Gay Pride Month.  Though many Christians were killed by Mwanga, a group of pages were sentenced to death not only out of hatred for the faith but for resisting homosexual relations with the King.  Homosexuality is a cultural taboo in Uganda to this day, although it is believed the king learned and acquired the practice from the Arabs. (Source)  Since certain cultural taboo were more or less ratified by Christianity, while other practices such as polygamy were condemned, Mwanga sought to rid the country of the new religion and all Christians.
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The story of the martyrs is at once gruesome and edifying.  Imagine accepting torture and death rather than committing a sexual sin which has become so commonplace in our day?  The sacrifice of the martyrs demonstrates that conquering sin is indeed possible for anyone, and their witness offers the Christian great hope, reminding us how they "endured the opposition of sinners", thus encouraging us, "do not grow despondent or abandon the struggle."  Their intercession is powerful before God, for their blood cries out on our behalf, encouraging us...  "In your fight against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood." - Hebrews 12: 3-4
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St. Charles and Companions pray us.   

6 comments:

  1. I am not going to comment on this one until I read the homo crowd's response.

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  2. Michael Archangel - I think that 'crowd' as you refer to them, will appreciate this story and be inspired to live according to Church teaching. The example of the Uganda martyrs inspire many people to want to sacrifice their lives for the Gospel.

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  3. Mr. Nelson,

    I have seen your blog bring these issues to the forefront, and your commentators speak out strongly in God's will.

    It is time to repent for all of us.

    Are the people that practice sexual perversion going to step up to the plate and acknowledge their repentance as vocally as they celebrated their pride in sin?


    You have provided a vehicle for their opinions, I do not think it would be uncharitable to ask they use that vehicle to repent.

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  4. Michael Archangel: I can't speak for any other members of the 'crowd,' but I do speak for myself (and have on many previous occasions) in repenting of my past sins and striving to live chastely in accordance with our Lord's teachings. There are no coincidences. St. Charles Lwanga is a patron saint for the Courage Apostolate, and his intercession is efficacious in bringing down the necessary graces for those with SSA to live faithfully during this struggly month of 'pride.'

    And for those persons who identify as gay, you may want to consider praying for them vs. constantly castigating them. In their hearts, they really do believe they're following God's will for their lives, you know. Doesn't mean they are, they just believe they are. And charity towards these fellow sinners, from those of us stumbling along the narrow path, goes a long way in conveying God's grace.

    Peace.

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  5. you may want to consider praying for them vs. constantly castigating them...

    The two go hand in hand.

    Modernists think things are easy in this world.

    One thirty minute episode and case closed.

    We need to keep many different ammunitions in our arsenal and use them without hesitation.

    If we have to pray for fifty years storming Heaven, so be it.

    Praying for them and constantly castigating them is one road to Sainthood.

    Tolerance and apathy are signs of spiritual death.

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  6. Thanks DB - You are a courageous witness. God bless you!

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