What began in Munyonyo had its final in Namugongo
Martyrdom spot of St. Andrew Kaggwa, St. Denis SSebugwawo, St. Pontiano Ngodwe (at Kyamula) and Mukasa Musa. Baptism place of St. Kizito, St. Gyavira Musoke Mayanja, St. Mbaga Tuzinde, St. Mugagga Lubowa all baptized secretly by St. Charles Lwanga on 26.05.1886
[06/07/20] Happy 50th anniversary of priesthood Fr. Ben Birungi from Franciscans of Uganda - Greyfriars of Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine and friends.
[06/06/20] Sunday Mass from Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine.
“IN THE NAME OF…” - Reflection from Fr. Martin Ssali (Munyonyo Martyrs’ Shrine) on the Holy Trinity Sunday.
There is a well-known story about the Alexander the Great, the king of ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon. On one of his campaigns, the famous Emperor received a message that one of his soldiers had been continually and seriously misbehaving and thereby shedding a bad light on the character of all the Greek troops. And what made it even worse was that this soldier’s name was also Alexander. When the commander learned this, he sent word that he wanted to talk to the errant soldier in person. When the young man arrived at the tent of Alexander the Great, the commander asked him, “What is your name?” The reply came back, “Alexander, sir.” The commander looked him straight in the eye and said forcefully, “Soldier, either change your behavior or change your name.”
Alexander the Great was not happy that someone was devaluating his name and weakening the morals by not giving a good example to the rest of the soldiers. I think we can understand a bit that emperor. Within our families we also are unhappy when someone by his wrong behaviour is shedding a bad light on the rest of the members, rejecting common values, destroying the name of the whole family. And what about our God? Is He happy when Christians, His children who carry His name, are rejecting values of God’s family and give bad example to others? For sure He is not happy with that. We have His name and we bear His name, because we were baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Have you noticed that we were not baptized “in the names”, but “IN THE NAME”? The name of our God: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Most Holy Trinity is our true and eternal DNA, written into our souls.
What does it mean for us? The Name of our God calls us to unity and to love one another. Since our God is a community of Three Divine Persons, then we are created to live in the relationships. This is life of the Holy Trinity – in a relation to each other and constant communication between God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. So, if we are created in the image and likeness of God (who is Trinity), we are created to live inside communities, to have good and healthy relationships with each other. We can find that truth in the beginning of the Book of Genesis. We know that God created one man: Adam. That first man was alone and he was not happy with that fact. Then God created Eve. 1 + 1 and we have 2. But we read in the Bible that they will not remain two, but “they shall become ONE flesh” (Genesis 2,24). “One” was in the beginning and “one” in the end. Why? Because you need to have someone in order to learn how to love. And without true love, you will not fulfill mission entrusted to you by God. You resemble your God, the Holy Trinity, when you love one another. Jesus said: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13,35).
Do we love each other? Do we have respect to each other? Recently was easy to find the news about alarming increase of the cases of domestic violence in Uganda, in the country where 80-85% of population claims to believe in Jesus. If a home - the place which supposed to be the safest one - is a place of terror and fear, then it is unbelievable injustice. And when children are witnessing the violence or are the victims of it, then we don’t have the future, because our inheritance is destroyed. Christians using violence, treating others without respect, are devaluating the name of our God which they bear and they’re shedding very bad light on our faith. We are called to love one another, to forgive, to live in unity, and violence is a complete negation of these values.
Archbishop John Baptist Odama (Chairman of National Commission of Justice and Peace in Uganda) said recently: “My dear brothers and sisters, stop domestic violence! The unity of the family, the unity of the nation, the unity of the continent, the unity of the world demands us to be together.”
In the first centuries, at the time of early Christianity, where still our faith was officially persecuted, people were abandoning their beliefs in false gods and were drawn to Christianity because they have seen how much Christians love each other. And this powerful witnessing was coming from our God, because the Most Holy Trinity teaches us to be one. This is our true identity, deeply written into our existence. And this is really our Christian calling: to change the world into a better place by changing small communities and our families by faithful doing the small, daily things and loving one another, in the name of our God, who is the Holy Trinity.
Omukama abeere nammwe!
May the Lord give you Peace!
1st: Exodus 34, 4b-6, 8-9/ Daniel: 3, 29-30, 31, 33, 32, 34/ 2nd: 2 Corinthians 13,11-13 / Gospel – John 3, 16-18
Please pray for Fr. Male, Shrine Rector and founding Parish Priest of Munyonyo, who celebrates today round 10th anniversary of priesthood. 🎉🥳🙏
Celebrating glorious triumph of Uganda Martyrs. Thanks to The Bakerwoman🤩🎉🥳
Short video about new natural spring at Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine which started to flow just few days ago. Happy Martyrs Day
This year Uganda Martyrs Celebration at Uganda Martyrs Shrine Munyonyo on 3rd June will be only online with Mass starting at 9am.
“You can burn our bodies, but you cannot harm our souls” St. Charles Lwanga
Happy Martyrs Day to all our Parishoners, Pilgrims and Friends.
[06/02/20] Short video about new natural spring at Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine which started to flow just few days ago. Happy Martyrs Day
As we prepare to celebrate Martyrs day while at home, let’s take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice of the 45 men whose choice has shaped many of our Christian journeys.🙏🏾 #StayHome #StaySafeUg #VisitUganda #LoveUganda #MartyrsDay
[06/02/20] This year Uganda Martyrs Celebration at Uganda Martyrs Shrine Munyonyo on 3rd June will be only online with Mass starting at 9am.
[06/02/20] Uganda Martyrs Vigil from Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine
This year Uganda Martyrs Celebration at Uganda Martyrs Shrine Munyonyo on 3rd June will be only online with Mass starting at 9am. Follow http://www.facebook.com/munyonyo/live/
[06/01/20] Novena to Uganda Martyrs 9th day from Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine
[05/31/20] Courtesy visit of Archbishop Cyprian K. Lwanga at Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine before the feast of Uganda Martyrs. This year we will have ‘scientific’ celebration with online Mass only on 3rd June, 9am.
[05/31/20] Uganda Martyrs Novena - Day 8 from Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine
“The Spirit of Freedom”. Reflection from Fr. Martin Ssali (Munyonyo Martyrs’ Shrine) on the Pentecost Sunday.
I read somewhere that phrases which say that we should not be afraid (“Fear not”, “Do not be afraid”, “Take courage!”) are written 365 times in the Bible. It’s very interesting. It looks like 365 days per year God says that you shouldn’t be afraid. We know that sometimes fear can paralyze us and make our life difficult. Even disciples of Jesus were afraid sometimes. We know that great fear was in the Upper Room before Jesus rose from the dead. The doors were locked, not because there was a wind or heavy rain, but because Apostles were afraid of people (Jewish leaders). And Jesus suddenly enters the Upper Room without opening the door, as we see in today’s Gospel. He can do this, because his body after the Resurrection is completely different, with “heavenly qualities”, but still body, capable of eating and drinking. Jesus breathed on them and gave the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins. The Apostles received Holy Spirit from Jesus in order to perform miracles inside the human hearts! Jesus comes again week later in the same way and what is surprising - the doors are still locked. Were they still afraid? Even after the Resurrection? The day, when fear completely disappears and the doors were open, took place when Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles. On that day of Pentecost – which we celebrate today - Apostles opened the door and went to the whole world, afraid of nothing.
Are you still afraid of something or someone? Maybe you need the Holy Spirit! He brings freedom, life and peace and encourages you to open your heart. Do you know that there is a flower called “mimosa pudica”, found in Brasil, which defends itself from potential harm by closing up as soon as it’s touched, only to open again after few minutes? With our hearts is the same, maybe except the span, which can be very different, cause some of the people can lock their hearts for many years after being unjustly and deeply “touched” by others in a harmful way. But Jesus can enter into your heart as soon as you call Him (even if “the doors” are locked for others) and will breathe on you, gently whispering to receive the Holy Spirit of forgiveness, a delicate invitation TO FORGIVE and to open your heart. Then, the Promise of the Father (Holy Spirit) will come upon you and you will discover the inner strength to open your heart to the people you were afraid of.
The true and deepest miracles of the Holy Spirit occur in the heart. First of all, in the heart. Sometimes we can find Christians who run “up and down” to find the new “miracle centre” in the town, but the centre of the miracles is in the heart. It is so very close and you are able to perform many miracles there. People in Africa, and around the world, are hungry for miracles. Immaculée Ilibagiza in her book “Our Lady of Kibeho. Mary speaks to the World” writes about one specific moment which took place during the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kibeho. One day 15 000 people gathered to experience something extraordinary, because the fame of apparitions already spread around the country of Rwanda. The crowd began to shout: “We want to see miracle! We want to see miracle!”. The visionaries were appealing to the people to stop, but they didn’t want to and were crying out even much louder: “We want to see miracle!”. I. Ilibagiza writes: “It was a clear, blue day and suddenly the thunder dropped from heaven like a hammer (…). > - said Segatashya, the one of the visionaries who talked to Jesus – >”.
Omukama abeere nammwe!
May the Lord give you Peace!
Readings: 1st: Acts 2, 1-11 / Psalm: 104 / 2nd: 1 Corinthians 12, 3b-7, 12-13 / Gospel – John 20, 19-23
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[05/29/20] Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year there will be no celebration of Uganda Martyrs at Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine. However you can join online Mass on YouTube on Wednesday 3rd June at 9am. Uganda Martyrs - pray for us!
[05/29/20] Uganda Martyrs Novena - Day 6 from Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine
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[05/28/20] Ugnada Martyrs Novena Day 5 from Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine
[05/27/20] Novena to Uganda Martyrs from Uganda Martyrs Shrine - Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda- Day 4
Today, exactly 134 years ago, on 26th May 1886, after King Mwanga in Munyonyo took decision to kill Christian subjects, some of them were sicretly baptized by Charles Lwanga including Kizito, Mbaga Tuzinde, Mugaga Lubowa and Gyavira. Future martyrs were taken to be executed to Namugongo. Their lives in Munyonyo gave St. Denis, St. Andrew Kaggwa and in nearby Kayamula on Salaama road St. Pontian Ngondwe.
[05/26/20] Novena to Uganda Martyrs from Uganda Martyrs Shrine - Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda- Day 3
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