Daily Martyrology for October 18

In the first century, St. Luke the evangelist. Luke wrote his carefully planned Gospel for a Gentile audience. The parables of the Prodigal Son and the Crafty Steward, which occur only in his gospel, are examples of his storytelling skill. He highlights the place of Jerusalem in the plan of salvation, Jesus' mercy to sinners and his concern for outcasts. He is a patron saint of the medical profession and of painters.

In 1918, in Uganda, the martyrdom of Blessed Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa, catechists. They were converted as young men by Colomboni missionaries, and put in charge of a catechetical program in a dangerous area. When the two refused to quit their mission work, a group of anti-Christian thugs killed them.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.