SAint of the day
Thursday 10th October 2019
STS. DANIEL, SAMUEL AND COMPANIONS, FIRST FRANCISCAN MARTYRS
In 1227, Daniel, provincial of Calabria, a man of eminent sanctity, and six companions, Angelus, Samuel, Donulus, Leo, Hugolinus, and Nicholas, with the blessing of the minister general, went to Africa to preach the Gospel of Christ to the Mohammedans.
Landing at Ceuta, Saint Daniel and Companions resolved to preach in that large city. Before entering the city proper, they learned from Christian merchants that a strict order prohibited entrance to all Christians.
Saint Daniel and Companions realized that their undertaking was fraught with the greatest danger, and they prepared themselves accordingly. On Saturday, October 2nd, they made their confession, received Holy Communion, and then spent the remainder of the day in prayer. In the evening, as our Lord did on the eve of His sufferings, they washed one another's feet.
On Sunday morning Saint Daniel and Companions entered the city and began to preach to the crowds in the streets and public places, boldly declaring that salvation was to be found only in the name of Jesus.
The city was in an uproar. The courageous preachers were thrown into prison. There they wrote to the Christian merchants in the suburbs: