FAMILY THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY are built around one of the Scripture Readings of the Day, using the SEE-JUDGE-ACT approach with a life-centred reflection and quotation from Pope Francis.

January 23. Mrs Taylor shared with other families of some WYD young people.  “We’ve put in much time and money and hope our kids appreciate this and will bring something really lasting back. I like the kind of message given by Pope Francis to apply to their lives.  “Be happy, be healthy, be brave, be honest, be a person of integrity.” I hope they will apply this in different and responsible ways to their own lives, including  their sexual relationships and to the way they treat the world around them. They need maturity to be able to make the difficult moral decisions they face and I believe that overscrupulousness is not true spirituality.”

Is it lawful on the sabbath to save life or to kill. Mark 3:1-6.   Pope Francis:  Moral formation involves forming persons who readily understand that their own lives, and the life of the community are in their hands and that freedom is itself a great gift.  AL 262

January 26.  James’s family life had been anything but healthy. Single mom, drinking, no stable man in the house.  At one stage he had left home and lived on the street but then had found a sense of belonging in a gang.  That had got him into trouble with the law when he was arrested for possessing a gun. It was through the concern of a mother who had become involved in prison ministry when her own child had been convicted that he received the grace of conversion.  Recognising how important this was after completing his own sentence James became involved too in this ministry and often shared with his friends on the gift of a new life he had received.

 How much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.  Heb 9:11-14.  Pope Francis:  Despite the present crisis of commitment and communal relationships many young people are making common cause before the problems of our world and are taking various forms of activism and volunteer work in service groups or missionary initiatives.  How beautiful this is to see.  EG 106  

<> on September 8, 2015 in New York City.

January 27.  Sunday 3C.   The issue of clerical sexual abuse has been raised constantly over the last few years even by the youth.  Young boys and girls are the ones that have suffered from this scourge over time.  Society has made much of the abuse perpetrated by religious people but celebrities have also been named and shamed.  “What about the thousands of cases of abuse within families or by people known to the victims?” Josie wanted to know.  “Our society is deeply wounded, it is full of people, many now grown up, who carry scars of abuse from their childhood into adulthood. I believe that as a body this should be addressed, possibly through healing and family relationship programmes.

You are the body of Christ.  The body does not consist of one member but of many. The unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty. If one member suffers all suffer together.  From 1 Cor 12.   Pope Francis: “I cannot fail to acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of young people by members of the Church charged with responsibility for their protection and education,” WMOF 2018


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