Day 5, A Man Committed to the Church

As a voluntary catechist, Benedict Daswa helped to build up the Church community,
especially by preparing people for baptism. He was a member of the Parish Pastoral
Council and was always regular at the meetings. He led the Sunday Service when a
priest or a pastoral worker was not available and was very involved in youth ministry,
encouraging the young people to live good, productive lives and to be proud of their
faith.

Benedict promised his wife that he would start building their house as soon as the new
Church of Nweli was finished. This task of building the first Catholic Church in the area
was a project so dear to his heart that he not only helped the priest with his own car to
transport the building material for it, but worked tirelessly on it and encouraged others to
do likewise. After its completion, true to his promise, he started building his own house.

Word of God

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them; if prophecy, in
proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who
exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal;
he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12, 5-8)

Deepening of Faith

In virtue of their rebirth in Christ there exists among all the Christian faithful a true
equality with regard to dignity and the activity whereby all cooperate in the building up of
the Body of Christ in accord with each one’s own condition and function. (CCC 872. See also
CIC, Can. 208; Cf. LG 32)

Reflection

What do I do for the Church and in the Church?
Do I contribute to the building/upkeep of the church and its services?

Prayer

I will not enter my house or get into my bed;
I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
Until I find a place for the Lord,
A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob. (Psalm 132,3-5)

Prayer for the Beatification of Benedict Daswa