June theme. “YOUTH NEED LOVE AND JUSTICE”.
Global parents day. Fr Sylvester had been invited to address the open assembly at the local Catholic high school on the subject of Global Parents Day. He addressed the youth and their parents. “It is helpful that while we celebrate Mothers’ Day in May and Fathers’ Day in June right in the middle between these two we have Global Parents’ Day. “The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 and honours parents throughout the world. It provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. The General Assembly also noted that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding. The resolution recognizes the role of parents in the rearing of children and invites Member States to celebrate the Day in full partnership with civil society, particularly involving young people and children.”
You’d think it obvious that you can’t be a parent without a child but actually that is not true. As we honour all parents today including adoptive and foster-parents let us also be conscious of parents who suffer, who have lost a child, pre-birth, or during their lives where too often children die before their parents.”
And he ended, “Youth could make time to say a big thank you to whoever their particular parenting figures are. Me too, I thank and love you mom and promise to be there for you if you ever need me. I end with a quotation from the reading of the day. “ Father, the glory which you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one. I have made known to them your name and will make it known that the love with which you have loved me may be in them and I in them. From John 17:20-26
Christian Unity Day 5: Everything has become new In this 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Germany we are reminded of both the achievements and tragedies of our history. The love of Christ compels us to live in a new way, actively seeking unity and reconciliation. God lives in us by the power of the Holy Spirit and lets us share in the life of the Trinity. This new life becomes visible when we allow it to take shape and live it out in ‘compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.’ From WPCU.