Families and Culture. Family and Grandparent Thought July 8

July 8th. Mrs Delmont was from an Afrikaner family married to a Catholic.  Before their marriage and later with their children and grandchildren when they visited her family they often talked about its long history and religious beliefs.  Her father had compared it, in a sense, to the history of the patriarchs in the Bible as they also saw themselves as being a chosen people, whom God had blessed and given land and descendants to carry on their nation.

Jacob dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached heaven and the angels of God were ascending and descending. And the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac.  The land upon which you lie I will give to you and to your descendants and they will be like the dust of the earth. Gen 28:10-22.

Pope Francis:   The People of God is incarnate in the peoples of the earth, each with their own culture.  The concept of culture is valuable for grasping the various expressions of the Christian life in God’s people. It has to do with the lifestyle of a given society, the specific way in which its members relate to one another, to other creatures and God. EG115

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