REFLECTION. Commandments. 6th Sunday of Easter

Commandments.   Fr Sylvester started by saying, “I almost don’t need to preach a sermon, just using the words of Jesus today is an examination of conscience and a test to see how deep our faith is.    ‘If you love me you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another counsellor, to be with you for ever.“  But I would like you all to do an exercise.   What commandment do you find most difficult to keep but still do so just out of love for Jesus?   You can share if you like, especially with one another at home.”   If you love me you will keep my commandments.    John 14:15-20

Pope Francis:  Mercy gives rise to joy, because our hearts are opened to the hope of a new life. The joy of forgiveness is inexpressible.  Its source is in the love with which God comes to meet us, breaking through walls of selfishness that surround us in order to make us instruments of mercy.   MM  3

Recognising the complexity of parenting below are some of the topics for reflection linking with the readings of the day and taking into consideration Pope Francis statement from Amoris Laetitia on discernment and conscience used on 18 May.  Conscience can do more than recognise that a given (irregular( situation does not correspond objectively to the overall demands of the Gospel. It can also recognise with sincerity and honesty what for now is the most generous responsible which can be given to God and come to see with a certain moral security that it is what God himself is asking while yet not fully the objective ideal.   AL 303. 

Topics:  Activism, parenting difficulties,  household conversion, the unknown god,

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