REFLECTIONS – Extracts from UBUNTU FAMILY THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY, APRIL

April 13th. “You know what happened in our prayer group?” Ma Jozie asked when she got home. ”These two women started arguing about whether a divorced and remarried woman should be allowed to go to communion It really got quite vicious as if both of them really thought they were right. Mr Percival said this was one of the questions the Church considered at length in the Synods of the Family.  Strictly speaking according to the rules it is not allowed, but Pope Francis in response, AMORIS LAETITIA, and others have said that the Church should also practise mercy and each case should be considered on its merits.”

Gamaliel a teacher of the law said, “in the present case I tell you let these men alone; for if this plan or this undertaking is of men it will fail; but if it is of God you will not be able to overthrow them.  From Acts 5:34-42.

Pope Francis. “I understand those who prefer a more rigorous pastoral care which leaves no room for confusion. But I sincerely believe that Jesus wants a Church attentive to the goodness which the Holy Spirit sows in the midst of human weakness, a Mother who while clearly expressing her objective teaching always does what good she can even if in the process her shoes get soiled by the mud of the street. AL 308.

Men’s Group Meeting

April 14th.  When Moses and James met at the soccer they sometimes complained that their wives were always busy with sodality matters. “I want her home on Sunday morning to cook for me,” Moses said and James nodded his agreement.  But Daniel overhearing their conversation chipped in, “I’m sorry that my wife has died because now what am I supposed to do. My children have their own families or sodalities to be worried about but one day I asked them all to come together so we could talk things through.  I asked them, “How can we look after all our different interests so that no one feels left out. They really listened and things are much better now.”

When the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against  the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.  And the Twelve said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore pick out from among you seven men of good repute whom we may appoint to this duty.”  Acts 6:1-7.  

Pope Francis. Unity prevails over conflict. Conflict cannot be ignored or concealed. If we remain trapped we lose our perspective, our horizons shrink and reality itself begins to fall apart.   EG 226

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