Thought for the Day – 10 October – The Memorial St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881) Apostle of Africa, Bearer of the Cross

Thought for the Day – 10 October – The Memorial St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881) Apostle of Africa, Bearer of the Cross

Accepting the Cross was difficult, also during the time of Comboni, so many people were rejecting it, for the sake of an easy life but St Daniel Comboni was convinced, that the Gospel could make headway in Africa, in the Church and all over the world only through the mystery of the Cross.  Let us listen to him:

“The Cross and very great tribulations are necessary for the safe-keeping, the establishment and the progress of the works of God, which must always be born, grow and flourish at the foot of Calvary.” (MDC NO. 198)

“I already see and understand, that the Cross is such a friend to me and always so near to me, that I have for some time now chosen her as my eternal and indivisible Bride.   So the Cross will be my Beloved “bride” and my wise and prudent “teacher” (MDC No. 224)

“It is a constant law of God’s Providence, that His works are marked by the Cross. So it is no small comfort to my spirit, despite its own great weakness, to see myself burdened by very heavy crosses.” (MDC No. 230)

As for our world these days, many people formally reject the Cross considering it a sign of heavenly rage, or as something which is disturbing many people, especially children, psychologically.    In mission, it is important to counteract this mentality, presenting the cross as the revelation of absolute love.

Besides the three expressions of Comboni I have quoted as presenting the mystery of the Cross in a vivid way, we have so many others in his writings, in a context of great sufferings and passionate commitment to mission.   Some are rendered in a language we can considered too militaristic.   Well, we have to remember that it is the language of Comboni’s time.   An example of this is the “Hymn to the Cross” that Comboni wrote in 1877 at the end of a particularly painful period in his life.

“ The Saviour of the world
marvellously conquered souls
by the strength of this Cross,
which destroyed paganism,
razed the idolatrous temples,
vanquished the powers of hell,
and became the altar, not of one single temple,
but of the whole world.
This Cross which came forth from the summit of Golgotha
and then filled the universe with its power,
this Cross was adored in the temples,
and in the royal cities received the highest veneration;
it was reverenced on the standards of armies
and invoked on the mainmasts of ships.
By the Cross priests were consecrated
and monarchs enthroned with sacred rites.
Carried on their breasts by heroes it brought courage to all.
Earth, sea and sky recognise the power of the Cross
and everywhere it is honoured.
It was in the midst of troubles and thorns
that the work of our redemption was born and grew:
its development is wonderful
and its future is surely consoling and happy.
The Cross has the strength to transform Central Africa
into a land of blessing and salvation.
From the Cross there issues a strength,
which is gentle and does not kill,
which comes down on souls and renews them
like a refreshing dew;
from the Cross there issues great power,
because the Nazarene, raised up on the tree of the Cross,
stretched out one arm to the East and the other to the West,
and gathered His elect from the whole world
into the embrace of the Church;
with pierced hands,
and like another Samson,
He hurled down the columns of the temple
where for so many centuries
men had adored the power of evil.
It was on these ruins that He raised up the Cross;
worker of marvels,
which attracted all things to itself:
“Si exaltatus fuero a terra,
omnia traham ad meipsum”. (MDC No. 233)

St Daniel Comboni, Pray for Us!st-daniel-comboni-pray-for-us-2-10-oct-2017


Quote/s of the Day – 10 October – The Memorial of St Francis Borgia SJ (1510-1572) and St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881)

Quote/s of the Day – 10 October – The Memorial of St Francis Borgia SJ (1510-1572) and
St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881)

“I have great doubts about the salvation of those
who do not have special devotion to Mary.”i-have-great-doubts-st-francis-borgia-10-oct-2017

“When you pray, hear Mass, sit at table, engage in business
and when at bedtime you remove your clothes—
at all times crave that by the pain which He felt when He was stripped
just before His crucifixion, He may strip us of our evil habits of mind.
Thus, naked of earthly things, we may also embrace the cross.”

St Francis Borgia (1510-1572)when-you-pray-st-francis-borgia-10-oct-2017

“For Africa,
I have dedicated my mind and my heart,
my blood and my life.”for africa i have dedicated - st daniel comboni - 10 oct 2018

“Our life is in God’s hands, 
He does what He wants, 
by an irrevocable gift,
we have sacrificed
our lives to Him.
Blessed be He.”our life is in god's hands - st daniel comboni - 10 oct 2018

“In Jesus crucified we are taken into the depths of God.   It is there that we come to understand most deeply the love God has for us and the absolute lengths to which God goes to give us life, even in our moments of darkness and defeat.

hat we see in the passion of Jesus is a love that gathers in all the scattered, shattered pieces of our life and heals them with a tenderness that can break our hearts.

What we see in the cross is a love that loses nothing that can be saved, whether that be our defeats, our brokenness, or our shame.   With God all these can be points of life for us and the reason is startling –

God can kiss us with a healing because God is wounded by our pain.”

St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881)

Vicar Apostolic of Central Africagod can kiss us - st daniel comboni - 10 oct 2018.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 10 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 11:1–4

One Minute Reflection – 10 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 11:1–4

“Father, hallowed be thy name.”...Luke 11:2hallowed be thy name - 10 oct 2018

REFLECTION – “Consideration of your faults is absolutely right.   Faults coming from weakness and that are genuinely rejected do not prevent God from loving us.    They stir up His compassion: “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him… for he remembers that we are dust” (Ps 102[103]:13, 14b).
It was St Paul’s great devotion to stand before the heavenly Father with all his infirmities and, as he always saw himself to be a member of Jesus Christ, those infirmities were Christ’s:  “I will rather boast most gladly in my weaknesses that the power of Christ may dwell with me” (2Cor 12:9).   Strive to be filled with this spirit of childlike confidence towards God.
It seems to me that the more I am united intimately with our divine Lord, the more he draws me to His Father – and the more, too, He wants me to be filled with His filial spirit. This is the whole spirit of the New Law: “You have not received a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear but you have received a Spirit of adoption through which we cry out:HAbba! Father!” (Rom 8:15).”…Blessed Columba Marmion (1858-1923) Abbot – Union with God in Christ according to the Letters of direction of Dom Marmionconsideration of you faults - bl columba marmion - 10 oct 2018

PRAYER – Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.   Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.   And grant us Lord, our Father, that the prayers of St Daniel Combon, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all our holy saints, may help us in our needs.   We make our prayer, through Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, virgin mary immaculate mother - pray for us - 2 sept 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 10 October – The Memorial of St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881)

Our Morning Offering – 10 October – The Memorial of St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881)

Lord, we Trust in You
By St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881)

we trust in You
and we entrust
ourselves to You,
take us as we are
and make us
the way You
want us to be.
Amenlord, we trust in you by st daniel comboni - 10 oct 2018

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Saint of the Day – 10 October – St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881) Vicar Apostolic of Central Africa

Saint of the Day – 10 October – St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881) Vicar Apostolic of Central Africa , Bishop, Missionary, Founder, Theologian, polyglot  – born on 15 March 1831 at Limone sul Garda, Italy and died on 10 October 1881 of natural causes at Khartoum, Sudan.   St Daniel was an Italian Bishop who served in the missions in Africa and was the founder of both the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus and the Comboni Missionary Sisters.  snip - st daniel 3 images

St Daniel Comboni was one of the Church’s great missionaries—he engaged all of Europe in the evangelisation of the African daniel comboni

He was born in the Lombardy region of Italy in 1831 to parents who farmed on land owned by a wealthy owner.   His seven siblings all died young—six in their infancy—so his parents held him very closely.   They were poor but rich in faith and love.

Daniel was sent away to a Catholic boarding school in Verona, where a vocation to the priesthood was awakened in him.   During his studies, he became fascinated with the people of central Africa as they were described by visiting missionaries.

He was ordained in 1854 and three years later set out with five others to help spread the Gospel there.   It took five months for the team to reach Khartoum, capital of the Sudan.  They immediately encountered many difficulties, including hard work in an uncomfortable climate, the dire poverty of the people and sickness.   The death of several of his fellow missionaries did not dampen his zeal.LG - comboni_canonization

He wrote to his parents: “We will have to labour hard, to sweat, to die.   But the thought that one sweats and dies for love of Jesus Christ and the salvation of the most abandoned souls in the world is far too sweet for us to desist from this great enterprise.”st daniel comboni and christSan Daniel Comboni

He was forced to return to Italy to develop a new strategy for his missionary work.   While he was praying at the tom of St. Peter, he received an inspiration for a new plan—to “save Africa through Africa.”   His idea was to empower the local Church in Africa so that it could regenerate and sustain itself, rather than approaching central Africans as helpless.   From that point, he began begging tirelessly throughout Europe for support and awareness of the emerging Christians of central Africa.   Kings and queens, bishops and nobles responded.   He could speak six different European languages in addition to Arabic and several indigenous African dialects.   He founded Italy’s first missionary magazine and began gathering men and women in a religious order to sustain the daniel comboni snip

In 1877, he was ordained a Bishop and given responsibility for the Church in central Africa.   Soon after, a terrible drought and famine hit the area, which crippled the missionary efforts once again.   Daniel and his missionaries endured, however and also proceeded to surpress the slave trade.

In 1881, Daniel fell sick and died.   He was only 50 years old.   Comboni priests, brothers, and sisters continue his work today in 41 countries.   He was Beatified in 1996 after an Afro-Brazilian girl was healed through his intercession and Canonised in 2003 after his intercession was credited with the healing of a Muslim mother from Sudan, both by St Pope John Paul at St Peter’s.   St Daniel Comboni, you built the Church in central Africa—pray for us!


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Memorials of the Saints – 10 October

St Daniel Comboni (1831-1881) (Optional Memorial)

St Aldericus
Bl Angela Truszkowska
St Cassius
St Cerbonius of Populonia
St Cerbonius of Verona
St Clarus of Nantes
Bl Demestrius of Albania
Bl Edward Detkens
St Eulampia
St Eulampius
St Florentius the Martyr
St Francis Borgia S.J. (1510-1572)
Biography here:

St Fulk of Fontenelle
St Gereon
St Gundisalvus
Bl Hugh of Macon
Bl Leon Wetmanski
St Maharsapor the Persian
St Malo the Martyr
St Patrician
St Paulinus of Capua
St Paulinus of York
Bl Pedro de Alcantara de Forton de Cascajares
St Pinytus of Crete
Bl Pontius de Barellis
St Tanca
St Teodechilde
St Victor of Xanten

Martyrs of Ceuta – 7 beati: A group of seven Franciscan Friars Minor missionaries to Muslims in the Ceuta area of modern Morocco. Initially treated as madmen, within three weeks they were ordered to convert to Islam and when they would not they were first abused in the streets, then arrested, tortured and executed.
• Angelo
• Daniele di Calabria
• Donnolo
• Hugolinus
• Leone
• Nicola
• Samuele
They were beheaded in 1227 in Mauritania Tingitana (Ceuta, Morocco). Local Christians secreted the bodies away and gave them proper burial in Ceuta. They were Beatified in 1516 by Pope Leo X.