Today is the memorial for Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, among whom were also some Anglicans. Father Robert Barron first made me aware of St. Charlie in a segment of his Catholicism DVD series.
Being of European extraction, I recall that from Finland to Iberia, from the land of the Celts to the home of the Greeks, death is considered such a Bad Thing. Look at the statues and icons of Martyrs in European churches. Gloomy, sad faces, drawn-out bodies like they all had been on the rack. No reason to want to emulate those folks.
Compare with the celebrations for the African martyrs/witnesses. It’s a happy day,an celebration, a time for dance and song and rejoicing. In Uganda, today is Saint Chuckie’s Birthday, the day he graduated to Heaven. A day of joy, not sorrow.
Comparing the two attitudes, it seems as if the African attitude is far healthier than the European model.
Oh, and here’s something from Father Barron.