Having organised a joint session of the confirmation group and their parents Deacon Samuel started a challenging discussion. “Does the fact that there are many protests around problems in education mean that we are judging whoever is responsible, and do we have right to do that?” “Yes, of course” came back many answers. “OK now take that into your families. Young people do you “protest” about things at home? Parents do you “protest” from your own perspective?” That could have led to some challenges but Mme Ndlovu was able to pull it together. “There is a difference between judging and constructive criticism. Addressing rights is important and how it is done is important too. However, protesting appears to have become a negative, destructive culture in our society, of judging without respect and concern for another’s view?
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged and the measure you give will be the measure you get. From Matt 7:1-5.
Pope Francis: Young people often fail to find responses to their concerns, needs, problems and hurts in the usual structures. As adults we find it hard to listen patiently to them, to appreciate their concerns and demands and to speak to them in a language they can understand. EG105, The task of education is to make us sense that the world and society are also our home, it trains us how to live together in this greater home. AL276.