Discipline and finding an effective punishment for bad behaviour is an issue in all families at times. “How can the most suitable form and severity of punishment be worked out?” This was the question put to the parenting skills members. “When do you forgive, or let children – or partners – get away with the wrong they have done?” Corporal punishment is still seen by some to be effective while it is widely recognised that violence begets violence. The story of Jonah was given to the group for discussion, noting that the book of Jonah, is a wonderful example of dialogue with God about punishment and can be applied to our own situations too.
It displeased Jonah greatly that God did not do the evil which he had said he would do to Nineveh and he was angry. He said to the Lord, “I pray you Lord is not this what I said when I was yet in my country?” From Jonah 4:1-11.
Pope Francis. It is a matter of reaching out to everyone, of needing to help each person find his or her proper way of participating in the ecclesial community and thus experience being touched by an unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous mercy. No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel. AL 297