October 16. Benedict Daswa.  Fr Chris expressed his concern about the ongoing practice of witchcraft, especially in some remote rural areas. Only a few years ago here in South Africa our first martyr was recognised and beatified. Benedict Daswa was a family man, teacher and school principal in a small rural community. He was proud to be a Catholic and to speak up for Christian values in public. Superstition and witchcraft are still practised in that area.  His condemnation of this practice resulted in his murder. 

Jesus said to his disciples.  “Everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but he who denies me will be denied before the angels of God. Luke 12:8-12   Pope Francis: If the music of the Gospel ceases to sound in our homes, our public squares, our workplaces our political and financial life, then we will no longer hear the strains that challenge us to defend the dignity of every man and woman.  Others drink from other sources. For us the wellspring of human dignity and fraternity is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. FT277. Reflect, share, act and pray.