Friday, June 3, 2016


Tis the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Solemnity-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
One of the most widely practiced & well-known Roman Catholic devotions, taking Jesus Christ's physical heart as the representation of His divine love for humanity.
Otherwise, 3 June would be the Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga & Companions, Martyrs (died 1886), martyred in the reign of the king Mwanga II: Martyr-link ┼źnus, Martyr-link duo, Martyrs-link Companions, Wikipedia-link Charlie Lima, & Wikipedia-link Companions.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
These twenty-two saints from Uganda, Africa, were martyred between 1886 & 1887 by King Mwanga. They had refused to commit sins of impurity & to give up the catholic faith. Their leader, Charles Lwanga, was burned to death on 3 June after suffering terrible torture. They are the first African martyrs*. St. Charles Lwanga & companions were canonized during the third session of the Second Vatican Council.
*This is an unfortunate & inaccurate sentence. These might well be the first "black African" martyrs or the first native sub-Saharan African martyrs, but the Church has been present in Africa since the first century & endured in Africa through the Roman period, the Muslim conquests, & beyond, & there were many African martyrs before 1886. North Africa is as much Africa as southern Africa, perhaps even more so, since the name "Africa" derives from a Roman province situated in modern-day Tunisia, Algeria, & Libya.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Ezekiel, chapter thirty-four, verses eleven thru sixteen;
Psalm Twenty-three, verses one thru six;
The Letter to the Romans, chapter five, verses five(b) thru eleven;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter fifteen, verses three thru seven.

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