St. Jucundus and St. Nicasius, Dec. 14

Recently, Christian pastors in Kenya have been asking for AK-47s to defend themselves and their churches from Islamic extremists.

Rev. Peter Karanja (center), of the National Council of Churches of Kenya, addresses a news conference on Wednesday, Oct 30. He said the government should see this as writing on the wall and that Kenyans are getting tired of the continuing insecurity. (Fredrick Nzwili/RNS)

Rev. Peter Karanja (center), of the National Council of Churches of Kenya, addresses a news conference on Wednesday, Oct 30. He said the government should see this as writing on the wall and that Kenyans are getting tired of the continuing insecurity. (Fredrick Nzwili/RNS)

“’Our many churches are not under any protection. They do not have walls or gates. The government should issue AK-47 rifles to every church so that we can stop them from being burnt, our property from being looted and our pastors and Christians from being killed,’ said Lambert Mbela, a pastor at Mathole’s church.”

It is interesting to contemplate the examples of St. Nicasius and St. Jucundus (from Catholic.org):

An army of barbarians ravaging part of Gaul plundered the city of Rheims. Nicasius, the Bishop, had foretold this calamity to his flock in consequence of a vision, and urged them to prepare for the visitation by works of penance. When he saw the enemy at the gates and in the streets, forgetting himself and solicitous only for his spiritual children, he went from door to door encouraging all to patience and constancy. When the people asked him whether they should yield or fight to the end he, knowing that the city must fall, replied, “Let us abide the mercy of God and pray for our enemies. I am ready to give myself for my people.” Standing at jucundusthe door of his church, in endeavoring to save the lives of some, he exposed himself to the swords of the infidels, who cut off his head. St. Florentius, his deacon, and St. Jucundus, his lector, were massacred by his side. His sister, St. Eutropia, seeing herself spared in order that hers might be another fate, threw herself upon her brother’s murderer and kicked and scratched him till she too was cut down and killed.

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