(Ascension Thursday is moved to Sunday in South Africa.) “Why do we hear mostly about men in the stories of the early Church? How did it really work, what about their families?” “We are used to worshipping in the parish church these days but in the very early church it was in homes where they would have the “breaking of bread” for all family members, children as well as servants and slaves.” “I’ve also heard that in the time of persecution in some families a member who was a Christian had sometimes been betrayed by others and martyred.”
Paul found a Jew named Aquila lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius the emperor had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them and because they were of the same trade he stayed with them and they worked. Acts 18:1-3.
Pope Francis: A married couple who experience the power of love know that this love is called to bind the wounds of the outcast, to foster a culture of encounter and to fight for justice. AL183.