Reflections, extracts THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY for Youth and Family June

June 13th. St Anthony.   Clarence commented, “Apart from being good at finding things that are lost I heard that St Anthony was a very good preacher.  It probably needs a good preacher to persuade brothers, or sisters, to work out their differences.  We know that little kids fight most of the time, that’s normal but if they don’t learn from parents or others to manage their feelings especially anger it can carry on right into adulthood.” “And that destroys many families, marriages too even.” Jock added, “I’m sure that St Anthony can also find lost love relationships, rather than those “healers” who advertise on walls and dustbins.”

 I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgement.  Mat 5:20-26

Pope Francis: I ask you to build social friendships, where everyone works for the common good. Social enmity, is destructive. Families are destroyed by enmity. Countries are destroyed by enmity. The world is destroyed by enmity. And the greatest enmity of all is war.  Please find ways of building real (not virtual) social friendships. It is not easy, it always means having to give something up and to negotiate, but if we do it for the sake of helping others, we will have the magnificent experience of setting our differences aside and working together for something greater. CV169.

June 16th.  Trinity Sunday. Youth Day SA. Fathers’ day. Father Oliver took a lot of trouble over his homily for this Sunday.   He began, “Have you young people listened carefully to the readings about the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Is that oneness and closeness something that should be modelled by human fathers too, old and young, wherever they are? Absent fathers is a big problem in our society.  Jesus always talked a lot about his Father, a perfect father. He does not seem to have spoken about human fathers, although the Old Testament does give a nice picture of a father-child relationship.  “I led them with cords of compassion, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks” (Hosea 11:4). Do you think he leaves it to us to make the comparison?”

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our heart through the Holy Spirit.  Rom 5:1-5

Pope Francis:. Perhaps your experience of fatherhood has not been the best. Your earthly father may have been distant or absent, or harsh and domineering. Or maybe he was just not the father you needed. I don’t know. But what I can tell you, with absolute certainty, is that you can find security in the embrace of your heavenly Father, of the God who first gave you life, and continues to give it to you at every moment. He will be your constant support while he fully respects your freedom. CV114. “The Lord God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory. He will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with songs of joy” CV 113

June 17th.   Gang culture had become a normal way of life in the township.  Especially on weekends the boys almost looked for trouble.  One gang starts a fight over a supposed issue and the other would retaliate as a matter of principle.  Br George, the parish youth worker by diverting their attention to more creative outlets and building up their self-esteem by encouraging them to study seriously in that way was able very slowly to build some influence with the Holy Terrors gang to get them not to retaliate.

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but I say to you.  Do not resist one who is evil.    But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek turn to him the other also.   Matt 5:38-42

Pope Francis. I acknowledge with sorrow that many of you today live in war zones and experience violence in countless different forms: kidnapping, extortion, organized crime, human trafficking, slavery and sexual exploitation, wartime rape, and so forth. Some of you, because of your faith, struggle to find your place in society, and endure various kinds of persecution, even murder. Some, whether by force or lack of alternatives, live by committing crimes and acts of violence: child soldiers, armed criminal gangs, drug trafficking, terrorism, and so on. This violence destroys many young lives. Abuses and addictions, together with violence and wrongdoing, are some of the reasons that some of you end up in prison. CV72


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