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St. Charles Lwanga & Companions


In the liturgical calendar, we celebrate St. Charles Lwanga and companions, Martyrs of Uganda, on this day. But for me, it is dominated by the celebration of the Vigil of Pentecost

You follow me. (John 21: 22)

In the liturgical calendar, we celebrate St. Charles Lwanga and companions, Martyrs of Uganda, on this day. But for me, it is dominated by the celebration of the Vigil of Pentecost. For 49 days we have been rejoicing in the mystery of death and resurrection. We have walked with Jesus and the disciples through days of doubt and joy. We’ve walked to Emmaus and run back with elation; we placed our hands into the wounds of Jesus; we enjoyed breakfast on the seashore and ate fish in the upper room. Have not our hearts danced and our voices shouted “Alleluia” a thousand times? Jesus is alive and is with us.

Yet, in the midst of our joy, we are confronted by the reality of our struggling world. While we are making headway in relieving poverty, millions still face famine and exile. Immigrants are still insecure in their flight for safety. And fluctuating temperatures and weather patterns keep reminding us of climate change that seems to threaten our way of living.

Is this the time to stand boldly with the disciples and publically proclaim that Jesus is alive and living through us in the power of the Spirit? Will it take us to where Charles Lwanga and his companions found themselves being faithful to our deep love of self, God and the poor of the world? “Lord, send out your Spirit and renew (through us) the face of the earth.” Ps. 104: 30

Sr. Lucy Meissen, C.PP.S. (O’Fallon)


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