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Brothers Matter

March 4.   Granny Jane used to look back at their family lives over the years.  Her four children were all grown up and had grown closer but there was a time, even as young adults when the two boys were always at each other’s throats.  Percy would criticise Abel all...

How clean is our backyard?

March 3.  Sunday 8C.  Some Justice and Peace groups had begun to focus on environmental issues but the Mayberry team had chosen to combine that with a family focus. “It makes sense to ask ourselves, ‘how clean is our backyard?’  We might have a right to services like...

Children and Divorce. Family Thought

March 2.  After their discussion on divorce the members of the group went home feeling quite challenged. Quite a few had experience of divorce in their families.  Jack asked himself, “could more have been done to work on our marriage for the sake of our children.  The...

Divorce Prevention. Family Thought

For a detailed introduction to the March theme “FAMILY RIGHTS MATTER” go to www.marfam.org.za/reflections-march-2019-introduction/ March 1.  Mrs Baker shared in her group, “I know that divorce is legal in our country and that means that people consider it as a right. ...

Guilt and Confessing. Family Thought

February 28.  Fr Pierre had been experiencing a deep sense of guilt in recent years. “I don’t do it any more,” he was tempted to excuse himself, “but I did do harm, maybe even life-long harm, to families and those little boys, those altar servers, who really trusted...

Homosexuality in Families. Family Thought.

February 27.   The parish had a number of LGBTI couples and families with children.  The parish priest had chosen to be as supportive as he could but not all the parishioners felt the same.  Some families were openly hostile while the majority were tolerant to varying...

Managing Family Conflict. Family Thought

February 26.  “Do you think a truly loving family is one where there is no conflict?”  the school psychologist asked the parents. “No, definitely not.   It is one where the adults know how to manage conflict and have a way of passing that skill on to their children,...

In-laws Matter. Family Thought

February 25. Over the years Jeannette had tried hard to build a relationship with her daughters-in-law. “This isn’t easy in our African families today as the younger generation does not appear to have the same respect we had for our elders. But still I will always...

Marriage takes work. Family Thought

February 24. Sunday 7C. The Marriage Enrichment group with Fr Andrew had been meeting regularly during this month as they had decided to make a special effort to work on their relationships many of which were experiencing difficulties. It had been a job to get the men...

The Tongue is a Fire. Family Thought

February 23.  Fr Andrew began his homily, “Eish! The tongue really is a mixed blessing.  Gossip and bullying at any age or in any circumstance and saying nasty things about others can be very destructive.   It hurts a person but also harms social interaction. How many...

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