Reflections extracts from THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY, May

May 15th.  International Day of Families, theme: families and climate action. For years Granny Gloria had been an activist about some issue that concerned her. Politics, race, religion had to do with justice and rights. People should have the right to be free in their choices but they had to consider the common good.  Climate action at first seemed too big and general an issue until the family discussed what they themselves could do. Working out their carbon footprints seemed a fun activity.  That means measuring how much carbon dioxide we produce.  “When I walk to school instead of going by car I produce less but what about when I ride a bicycle?” Maysie tried hard to understand.

Jesus said, “the Father who sent me has himself given me commandment what to say and I know that his commandment is eternal life.  John 12: 44-50.   Pope Francis: Education in environmental responsibility can encourage ways of acting to affect the world around us, avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, recycling, reusing, cooking only what can be eaten, planting trees and more. Such actions can restore our sense of self-esteem and enable us to live more fully and to feel that life on earth is worthwhile. LS 211-212. Mary, Mother of every family, pray for us.

 May 16th.  Joan said, “Why are there so many floods all over the world these days?  Hurricanes, cyclones, monsoons have got stronger, bigger and more destructive. Climate change is blamed on our destructive actions with regard to the environment. It makes me think of Noah’s ark times.  I wonder if that really happened the way the Bible story goes?  There are actually many stories like it in other cultures too.  But if we look into the message isn’t it as if history is repeating itself today?”

Paul stood up and said, “Men of Israel, and you that fear God, listen.  The God chose our father and made the people great. He led them out of Egypt. He bore with them in the wilderness, gave them their land, kings and prophets. Of this posterity God has brought to Israel a Saviour Jesus. Acts 13:13-25.  Pope Francis: the lack of historical memory is a serious shortcoming in our society.  A mentality that says, “then was then and now is now” is ultimately immature. Knowing and judging past events is the only way to build a meaningful future.   AL193.  Mary, Mother of the bereaved, pray for us.

May 17th.  Moyra wondered, “How many parents really talk with their children about climate issues.  Or maybe the kids should inform their parents or who looks after them as they learn far more about this at school then we ever knew.  In many ways kids are better informed, more capable technologically and make us older people feel quite inadequate at times. That really is quite an issue. Have we lost our advantage over them, are we still to be respected or do we each have our place in the scheme of things?“

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me. John 14:1-6    Pope Francis:  Nowadays authority is often considered suspect and adults are treated with impertinence. They themselves become uncertain and so fail to offer sure and solid guidance to their children.  AL176.  Mary, Mother most faithful, pray for us.  

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