The parenting groups had shared on some very sensitive issues around sexuality and family planning. Prisca had been a good facilitator and most of the time she had managed to avoid any arguments or judgements, stressing that people had a right to share their views but it did sometimes reach volatile levels and once Beauty had walked out. “The Church teaches …… “ Mrs Bonanza would say. “Yes but, the Church is out of date. We can’t afford to have half a dozen kids these days,” came a reply. Prisca pulled it together. “Yes, the Church does present us with a beautiful ideal but difficult teaching. We may not all agree and accept this, but we as a couple together in conscience before God have made our decision. I know that requires faith, love and commitment.” And she squeezed her husband’s hand while he smiled at her. The Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city and stirred up persecutions against Paul and Barnabas and drove them out of their district. But they shook the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. Acts 13:50
Pope Francis: We find it hard to make room for the consciences of the faithful who very often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations and are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations. We have been called to form consciences not to replace them. AL 37
Also feast of Our Lady of Fatima. See From Fatima to Family on www.marfam.org.za.