After his strong stand against witchcraft at the community meeting on Sunday, 28
January 1990, people started grumbling and said, “He is the one who is influencing
people, as he is a leader. Why does he refuse to burn witches? He does not agree with our
Many saw him as belittling their traditional beliefs and practices, and as a stumbling
block in the community because of his consistent stance against witchcraft. Because
Benedict, as a true disciple of Jesus Christ, was standing firm in his Catholic faith,
some people said, “We had better kill him!” They therefore conspired to get rid of him.
Word of God
There shall not be found among you any one who burns his son or his daughter as an
offering, anyone who practices divination, a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or a
charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For whoever does these things is
an abomination to the LORD; and because of these abominable practices the LORD your
God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.
For these nations, which you are about to dispossess, give heed to soothsayers and to
diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you so to do. When you
come into the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to follow the
abominable practices of those nations. (Deuteronomy 18, 9-14)
Deepening of Faith
We are asked to love and honour the life of every man and woman and to work with
perseverance and courage so that our time, marked by all too many signs of death, may
at last witness the establishment of a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and
of love. (EV 77)
Do I respect the lives of others, even the weakest ones, especially the unborn babies?
Do I live a healthy and responsible life?
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me, uttering slanders against me,
my adversaries and foes, they shall stumble and fall. (Psalm 27, 1-3; 12-14)