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July 12th It was nice in the group to have a few men, some of them grandfathers.  Andrew was in an unusual position.   His wife and daughter had been killed in a car accident some years ago.  “I chose to become father and mother to the little boy who survived.  There were some aunts but I had considered it my task to nurture the boy.“  Then he shared how angry he was that the boy, who had been so committed as a teenager, had stopped going to church.  “I don’t know what he has got into, but what has happened to his faith I keep asking myself?”

When Israel was a child, I loved him and out of Egypt I called my son.   My heart recoils within me, my compassion grows warm and tender.  I will not execute my fierce anger.  From Hosea 11:1-9.  Pope Francis. One symptom of the great poverty of contemporary culture is loneliness, arising from the absence of God in a person’s life and the fragility of relationships.   AL 43

July 14th. Sheila was already 83 and had been caring for her husband now 94 for more than 5 years after he had become bed-ridden.  They had been married for more than 60 years and there had been good and not so good times.  At this stage in their lives she was finding it increasingly difficult to cope and there was no money for expert care. “Where are the children now,” she thought to herself, “and even for me do none of us value my old Morris as God does?”

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.  But even the hairs of your head are numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matt 10: 29-30.   Pope Francis: those who would break ties with the past will surely find it difficult to build stable relationships and to realise that reality is bigger than they are.  AL 192

July 15th 15th Sunday Year B. Fr Joseph decided that in his homilies he would focus strongly on the letter to the Ephesians for the next few weeks because he liked to see it as a mini-catechism, a guidebook for daily living. “It begins with a greeting, a blessing from God to us and from us to God. Isn’t that interesting?  But it is especially important to recognise that we have been chosen from all time. Think about that from a family angle. You have been chosen to belong as a parent to your child and as child to your parent as well as husband and wife and a grandparent too? How does that make you feel?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. From Eph1:3-10.

Pope Francis:  The Trinity is a communion of love and the family is its living reflection. “Our God in his deepest mystery is not solitude but a family, for he has within himself fatherhood, sonship and the essence of the family which is love. That love is the Holy Spirit. AL 11     

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