People who knew Benedict well observed that he was a prayerful person in his daily life,
in his family, and in the Church. He had a deep personal relationship with Christ and was
guided and strengthened by his faith in every aspect of life. He had special love and
concern for the sick, the vulnerable and those in prison and liked to visit them. He gave
freely of his resources to help the poor and the needy in his village, as well the learners in
Nweli Primary school.
In the afternoon of 2nd February 1990, as Benedict was working in his orchard, his
sister-in-law urgently requested him to take her very sick child to the doctor at
Makwarela (Sibasa). Before he started his car, he said to her, “Let us first pray”. On his
way back to Mbahe, he gave a lift home to a man living in a neighbouring village. The
man was carrying a bag of mealie-meal and was unable to get public transport because
of unrest in the area.
Word of God
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a
stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you
visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Then the righteous will answer him,
“Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And
when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And
when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?” And the King will answer them,
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to
me”. (Matthew 25, 35-40)
Deepening of Faith
… The whole Church as such, is directly called to the service of charity: “In the very early
days the Church added the agape to the Eucharistic Supper, and thus showed herself to be
wholly united around Christ by the bond of charity. So too, in all ages, she is recognized by
this sign of love, and while she rejoices in the undertakings of others, she claims works of
charity as her own inalienable duty and right. For this reason, mercy to the poor and the
sick, works of charity and mutual aid intended to relieve human needs of every kind, are
held in special honour in the Church”. (CL 41)
Do I help and support people in need?
Do I pay attention to the poor and destitute in my community?
In return for my love they accuse me, even as I make prayer for them.
So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love. (Psalm 109, 4-5)