August 11. Also feastday of St Clare, companion of St Francis in his mission of Care for All Creation.
A serious topic needing an urgent response was the question of abuse and rape of children. “Are our children precious to us, are they a fruit of our love to be guarded and protected?” Donald posted and Mirriam added, “Should we not consider all children precious in the same way? Child rape can never ever be justified but should we not ask how can it be explained? What could be going through a child rapist’s mind; surely it is an unnatural act? Is there substance-based behaviour underlying this?” Rayhab, a social worker agreed to invite a professional on this subject to assist.
See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matt 18:1-5.
Pope Francis: Societies experiencing violence due to war, terrorism and organised crime are witnessing the deterioration of the family, above all in large cities where the phenomenon of street children is on the rise. Sexual abuse of children is scandalous when it occurs where they ought to be most safe, e.g. in families, schools, communities and Christian institutions. AL45