Reflections. Extracts from August Thoughts for the Day

August 9th. The team preparing for Women’s Day had met with different parish groups and the priests to decide on how it would be commemorated in parishes.   “Sometimes it seems as if we want to fight for women’s rights but not really take our responsibilities on board too,“ Sophie suggested. “Especially our responsibilities in our families,” Portia added. “Why don’t we develop a kind of charter for ourselves, of rights and responsibilities. That shouldn’t upset anybody.”

Because the Lord your God loved your fathers and chose their descendants know therefore this day and lay it to your heart that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.  Keep his commandments that it may go well with you and with your children after you.  Deut 4:32-40.  Pope Francis: even though significant advances have been made in the recognition of women’s rights and their participation in public life much remains to be done to promote these rights. AL54. The grandeur of women includes all the rights derived from their human dignity but also from their feminine genius which is essential to society. AL173

A WOMEN’S DAY PRAYER.  See Family Weekly.

August 10th. The Men’s Forum in the parish had been supportive of Women’s Day and done their best at home too to do some soul-searching.  “Now that this day is over, I hope that they too, the women and the girls, have done their share of discerning about their rights and responsibilities as was suggested beforehand.   Maybe we could ask Fr Oliver to have a Reconciliation Service around this theme so that we can each look into ourselves and not neglect God’s role in all this.     

When  the Lord your God brings you into the land which he swore to your fathers to give you, with great and excellent cities, which you did not build, and houses full of good things, which you did not fill and vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and when you eat and are full, then take heed lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Deut 6:4-13.  Pope Francis: The equal dignity of men and women makes us rejoice to see old forms of discrimination disappear and within families there is a growing reciprocity.  AL54

August 11th. Sunday 19C. The family team had asked Fr Oliver to promote a session on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning. When he announced it during Mass he picked out the two words, “responsible” and “planning.”   “Whether you are married or not every woman and man and you, young people too, need to understand your bodies and your fertility.  It is a great gift but not just a freebie to use as you like.”

Provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. Luke 12:32-48.   Pope Francis: It is easy to confuse genuine freedom with the idea that each individual can act arbitrarily as if there were no truths, values and principles to provide guidance and everything were possible and permissible.  The ideal of marriage marked by a commitment to exclusivity and stability is swept aside whenever it proves inconvenient or tiresome.  Al 34


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