Day 4, A Man Committed to the Community

Benedict was highly respected in the community. He was a natural leader and a
confidant of the Headman who chose him as the secretary of his council. Always guided
by his Christian principles, Benedict was never afraid to speak his mind. He was greatly
respected for his honesty and integrity as also for his truthfulness and humility. On one
occasion, falsely accused of using school funds to build his house, Benedict’s innocence
and good stewardship were upheld after the headman had ordered an enquiry.

As Benedict believed strongly in character formation through sporting activities for
young people, he started soccer clubs for the youth. He wanted them to be busy,
disciplined, and off the streets.

During a drought in the Venda area in the eighties, Benedict used his contacts and
persuasive skills to obtain food supplies for the children in his school.

Word of God

You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be
restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot
by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a
lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let
your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your
Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5, 13-16)

Deepening of Faith

In order to achieve their task directed to the Christian animation of the temporal order, in
the sense of serving persons and society, the lay faithful are never to relinquish their
participation in “public life”, that is, in the many different economic, social, legislative,
administrative and cultural areas, which are intended to promote organically and
institutionally the common good. (CL 42)

Reflection

What/how do I contribute to improve my community?
Do I take my public/political responsibilities seriously?

Prayer

But you do see; you do observe this misery and sorrow;
You take the matter in hand.
To you the helpless can entrust their cause;
you are the defender of the orphans. (Psalm 10, 14)

Prayer for the Beatification of Benedict Daswa

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