Friday, June 3, 2011

S Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs of Uganda: "It was my choice to die"

... at the hands of men with the God-given hope of being restored to life by Him.
-- 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14

God revealed the resurrection of the dead to his people progressively. Hope in the bodily resurrection of the dead established itself as a consequence intrinsic to faith in God as creator of the whole man, soul and body. The creator of heaven and earth is also the one who faithfully maintains his covenant with Abraham and his posterity. It was in this double perspective that faith in the resurrection came to be expressed. In their trials, the Maccabean martyrs confessed:

The King of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting renewal of life, because we have died for his laws. One cannot but choose to die at the hands of men and to cherish the hope that God gives of being raised again by him.
-- CCC 992

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