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Saints, Feast, Family
- Traditions passed down with Cooking, Crafting, & Caring  -
June 3

Saint of the day:

Saint Kevin of Glendalough

Patron Saint of blackbirds, Archdiocese of Dublin, Glendalough, Kilnamanagh

Monday-Saint Charles Lwanga and companions

OCTAVE OF CORPUS CHRISTI

 

Mark, Chapter 12, Verse 12

They were seeking to arrest him, but they FEARED the crowd, for they realized that he had addressed the parable to them. So, they left him and went away.

 

It is natural to fear something you cannot control. Christ could not be controlled by the men in charge of the Temple system; so, they feared Him and they feared the crowd that followed Him. Christ’s message was good news to the crowd who were but pawns in the Jewish Temple system of wealth and power. We in times of trouble should be like Tobit and seek to walk all the days of our lives in paths of truth and righteousness. It was Tobit who defied those in power to do an act of mercy by burying the dead. While his neighbors mocked him and saying to one another: “He is still not afraid! Once before he was hunted down for execution because of this very thing; yet now that he has scarcely escaped, here he is again burying the dead!” (Tobit 2:8) Love makes sacrifices. He (Christ) laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. (1 John 3:16) Most of us by the grace of God are never confronted with such terrors of evil. Yet, we too in our quiet lives can lay down ourselves in service to our brothers. 

St. Charles Lwanga and Companions[1]


Charles was one of twenty-two Ugandan martyrs who converted from paganism. He was baptized November 1885, a year before his death, and became a moral leader. He was the chief of the royal pages and was considered the strongest athlete of the court. He was also known as "the most handsome man of the Kingdom of the Uganda." He instructed his friends in the Catholic Faith and he personally baptized boy pages. He inspired and encouraged his companions to remain chaste and faithful. He protected his companions, ages 13-30, from the immoral acts and homosexual demands of the Babandan ruler, Mwanga.

Mwanga was a superstitious pagan king who originally was tolerant of Catholicism. However, his chief assistant, Katikiro, slowly convinced him that Christians were a threat to his rule. The premise was if these Christians would not bow to him, nor make sacrifices to their pagan god, nor pillage, massacre, nor make war, what would happen if his whole kingdom converted to Catholicism?

When Charles was sentenced to death, he seemed very peaceful, one might even say, cheerful. He was to be executed by being burned to death. While the pyre was being prepared, he asked to be untied so that he could arrange the sticks. He then lay down upon them. When the executioner said that Charles would be burned slowly to death, Charles replied by saying that he was very glad to be dying for the True Faith. He made no cry of pain but just twisted and moaned, "Katonda! (O my God!)." He was burned to death by Mwanga's order on June 3, 1886. Pope Paul VI canonized Charles Lwanga and his companions on June 22,1964. We celebrate his memorial on June 3rd on the Roman Calendar. Charles is the Patron of the African Youth of Catholic Action.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PROLOGUE

III. The Aim and Intended Readership of the Catechism

11 This catechism aims at presenting an organic synthesis of the essential and fundamental contents of Catholic doctrine, as regards both faith and morals, in the light of the Second Vatican Council and the whole of the Church's Tradition. Its principal sources are the Sacred Scriptures, the Fathers of the Church, the liturgy, and the Church's Magisterium. It is intended to serve "as a point of reference for the catechisms or compendia that are composed in the various countries".

12 This work is intended primarily for those responsible for catechesis: first of all the bishops, as teachers of the faith and pastors of the Church. It is offered to them as an instrument in fulfilling their responsibility of teaching the People of God. Through the bishops, it is addressed to redactors of catechisms, to priests, and to catechists. It will also be useful reading for all other Christian faithful.

Apostolic Exhortation[2]

Veneremur Cernui – Down in Adoration Falling

of The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix,
to Priests, Deacons, Religious and the Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Phoenix on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

My beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Part III

Loving and Adoring the Eucharistic Lord

69. Thus far we have stirred up our amazement at the Eucharistic mystery and have considered the nature of our total self-gift in response. Now we turn to how we might practically live out this mystery with greater faith and love for – as we pray at each Mass – “our good and the good of all His holy Church”? In other words, how concretely might we “follow the Ark” of the Eucharist into the future God has planned for us?

I. Make every Sunday the “Day of the Lord.”

70. For many of our contemporaries, Sunday feels like the second half of the two-day weekend. Thus, time becomes an empty succession of days, without meaning, purpose, or direction. The consequence of this is not neutral but in fact deeply damaging to us. If each week has no ultimate purpose (that is, there is no day “for” the Lord, which means a day of divine worship), then soon we believe that time, history, and our lives are also meaningless. The result is a kind of slavery to whatever else we think is more important than the worship of God. Without a shared time for us all to participate in divine worship, we inevitably fall under bondage to some good but creaturely fixation. It could be money, success, social advancement, entertainment, education, politics, or sports, but like the effects of endless hard labor, the result is spiritual exhaustion and discouragement.

Time is a gift from God.

71. Therefore, the Church teaches that Sunday is a “day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money” (CCC 2172). It means Sunday is a sign of a liberated people. In the Old Covenant, the Sabbath was a weekly experience which recalled liberation from Egypt for worship in Jerusalem. It announced to both Israel and her neighbors that she was no longer a slave to Egypt. In the New Covenant, Sunday is meant to be an experience which announces and renews the freedom of the New Passover to the world. Sunday is the time to herald to the world that we are no longer slaves to sin and death. This day is meant to be a weekly gift from God to His people: a day of freedom, joy, charity and peace. It is the primary day in which God renews His covenant with us. We might say that the Risen Jesus chose to celebrate His first Mass on Easter Sunday, the day He rose from the dead (Lk 24:13-35). Since then, Sunday centers around the celebration of the Mass.

72. How our world thirsts for this sign of freedom! But this freedom is not simply freedom from but freedom for. God commands us to “keep holy” the Sabbath (Ex. 20:8). To “keep holy” means to set aside for divine worship. It is inadequate to think Sunday is merely about freedom from work. Yes, it involves freedom from servile work, but this is so that we are free to participate in the work of our Redemption. Sharing in the work of the Son of God’s Cross and Resurrection is the work which gives rest and refreshment. So, Sunday is a day of work because we share in the liberating work of God in the sacred liturgy. What a cathedral is to a place, Sunday is to the week: set aside for the “work” of divine worship. Sunday is not about mere inactivity. In fact, the Mass is the highest form of activity, for in it we share in the work of our salvation through our participation in the Eucharist.

To be continued

Celibacy Awareness Month[3]

Celibacy Awareness Month, celebrated each June, invites people to reflect on the practice of celibacy. This observance offers a chance to understand and appreciate the benefits of abstaining from sexual activity, whether for personal, spiritual, or health reasons.

It highlights the importance of making informed decisions about sexual health and respecting individual choices in this intimate aspect of life​.

People choose celibacy for diverse and profound reasons. For some, it’s a way to focus on personal growth, work, and other pursuits without the distractions of sexual relationships.

Others find that abstaining from sexual activity helps them recover from past traumas or deepen their spiritual connections. This month serves as a reminder that celibacy can foster increased self-awareness, self-control, and peace of mind​.

Celibacy Awareness Month supports those who are celibate by providing a platform for discussions and education on the topic.

It’s a time to dispel misconceptions about celibacy and promote understanding of its various dimensions.

By recognizing celibacy, the month encourages a broader conversation about the diverse ways people choose to live their lives and respect the decisions of others regarding their bodies and relationships.

History of Celibacy Awareness Month

Celibacy Awareness Month, observed each June, provides a focused period for reflecting on the choice of living without sexual activity, whether for personal, spiritual, or other reasons.

This observance isn’t just a modern phenomenon but has historical roots that go deep into various cultural and religious practices across the globe.

The concept of celibacy has been valued in many religions for centuries. It has been especially significant in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity, where monks, nuns, and other religious figures often take lifelong vows of celibacy as a commitment to spiritual and personal growth.

This practice supports the idea that by abstaining from sexual activity, one can achieve a higher degree of spiritual focus and self-discipline​​.

The establishment of Celibacy Awareness Month as a formal observance is more recent. It is designed to promote the benefits of celibacy and encourage a broader public conversation about it.

It aims to educate on the personal empowerment that can come from celibacy and to support those who choose it in a world where such choices might be misunderstood or overlooked.

The month serves as an opportunity to discuss the varied reasons individuals might choose to abstain from sexual activity, from personal choice and health reasons to spiritual beliefs​​.

This month not only raises awareness but also supports individuals in their personal journeys. It offers them community and understanding in a choice that is deeply personal and often private.

How to Celebrate Celibacy Awareness Month

Grab the popcorn and queue up films that ponder the perks of being solo. Think of character-driven stories where the protagonists discover themselves sans romantic entanglements.

It’s a really fun way to spark dialogue about the joys of journeying alone!

Dive Into Books

Foster a book club this month focusing on titles that explore themes of personal growth and self-discovery without romantic involvement.

Choose narratives where characters thrive on their terms. These are page-turning inspirations for those curious about a celibate path!

Share Your Story

Why not start a blog or vlog series this June? Share your thoughts or experiences regarding celibacy. Your journey could light the way for others to contemplate this lifestyle.

Remember, every story shared is a beacon for someone in the dark!

Organize a Workshop

Consider hosting a workshop that delves into the whys and hows of celibacy. Invite speakers who are well-versed in the psychological, health, and spiritual benefits of this choice.

It’s a fantastic way to spread knowledge and shatter myths!

Create Art

Why not express your thoughts on celibacy through art? Whether it’s painting, poetry, or music, creative expressions can convey complex emotions and ideas beautifully.

Plus, it’s a splendid way to engage the community and perhaps even inspire a gallery event!

Christopher's Corner

National Fishing and Boating Week

National Fishing and Boating Week began in 1979 as National Fishing Week. Its main goal was simple: get more people hooked on fishing. In 2002, this week got a significant boost when President George W. Bush declared it a national holiday.

This declaration recognized fishing and boating as pastimes and as important parts of American culture and lifestyle.

                                                    Houseboating Basics for First Timers

After political instability in the early 1990s, Kuwait has returned to its modernizing path. Its booming tourist industry makes use of the rich fishing on offer in the Persian Gulf. Explore the wealth of islands a stone’s throw from shore and discover these unearthed gems. With warm temperatures year-round, there’s never a bad time to go fishing in Kuwait!

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Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: The Pope

·         Eat waffles and Pray for the assistance of the Angels

·         Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Religion in the Home for Preschool: June

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Monday: Litany of Humility

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Rosary




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