Durban, 04 February, 2020 / 3:56 am (ACI Africa).
At the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Benedict Daswa, South Africa’s first potential saint, a Church leader in the country has challenged Christians to heed to the challenge by the Blessed, to convert to Jesus Christ and His Gospel.
“I believe that today we are being challenged to go even further, that Blessed Benedict Daswa is calling us to conversion to Jesus Christ and his Gospel,” the Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Cardinal Napier is quoted as saying Saturday, February 1, during a memorial Mass in honor of the Blessed at the site of Daswa’s future shrine in Tshitanini village.
Blessed Benedict Daswa was a 43-year-old teacher from Limpopo, northern South Africa who was killed by fellow villagers for his lack of belief in witchcraft, which he considered to be against the teachings of God.
The Archbishop of Durban described Blessed Daswa as “a grain of wheat” and emphasized the value of the message of Jesus saying, it is only the Gospel that “can lead us to die to everything that is evil, everything that is sinful. That Gospel is the only thing that can change us into grains of wheat that will change our own lives, the lives of our children and all the men and women who want to be grains of wheat like Benedict.”
“That grain of wheat that fell to the ground and died,” the Archbishop of Durban reflected in reference to Blessed Daswa and explained, “Over the past thirty years that grain has germinated and began to produce many fruits. Some of those fruits are here today. Indeed, we who are here today are those fruits, plus many others who are not here but are praying with us.”