REFLECTIONS and NOTICES. MARCH 2019

Introduction from THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY, MARCH 2019                                                                       theme for month: Family Rights Matter.

Introduction. When we think of rights we tend to think of individual human rights. But the Church has a Charter of Family Rights aimed at the wellbeing of family units. It promotes the right to life, to marry, have children, work, shelter and more. Respecting these rights and providing what is needed is the responsibility of governments. Yet it cannot be left only to them to pass laws and protect us. We are each expected to pursue our rights and live out our responsibilities too. Exploring this can be a good Lenten exercise, not a simple one but demanding commitment from everyone. The family is much more than a mere legal, social and economic unit, but is a community of love and solidarity. It is uniquely suited to teach and transmit cultural, ethical, social, spiritual and religious values, essential for the development and well-being of its own members and of society. Charter of Family Rights. E.
Format. The THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY during March take on the themes of family rights. The format is using family settings or prayer groups where different members introduce a topic built around a scripture reading of the day, during Lent mainly the Old Testament reading. A relevant quotation from Pope Francis is most often added. After sharing and discussion end with prayer. This is a form of family catechesis for the domestic church of the home.
Pope Francis quotations are taken from the following: Amoris Laetitia. – AL (The Joy of Love) Evangelii Gaudium – EG, (The Joy of the Gospel) Misericordiae Vultus – MV (The Face of Mercy), Laudato Si’ – LS, Misericorda et Misera – MM (Mercy and Misery)

Bishop Mpambani, Chairperson of Department of the Laity SACBC

SA BISHOPS PASTORAL LETTER. With the upcoming elections on 8 May in mind the Bishops of Southern Africa have written a Pastoral letter for all the people of South Africa to consider as they prepare to vote. It can be accessed at www.sacbc.org.za.  and is very appropriate to use during Lent as part of our daily reflections. The bishops invite us to pray the prayer in families and parishes in preparation for and during the elections:

Let us pray for peaceful elections that produce leaders who will always act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with their God (Micah 6:8). Almighty Father, as we approach the elections, grant us the wisdom and courage we need in order to make the right choices. Help us to carry out our duties as responsible citizens with respect for the rights of others. By voting in a spirit of humility and service, may we bring hope to the poor, unity to all our people and a more secure and peaceful future for our children. Father, do not allow us to become discouraged, Inspire us to contribute to the rebuilding of our country with vigour and generosity. Amen.

March 1.  Mrs Baker shared in her group, “I know that divorce is legal in our country and that means that people consider it as a right.  But my friend Paul, a mediator, is convinced that very often a marriage can be saved if the couple has the right kind of support and learns some relationship skills.”  Albert added, “I agree, that hurting marriage programme Retrouvaille certainly helped our daughter and son-in-law.”

 “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to put her away.” But Jesus said “for your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.  But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. Mk 10:1-12.   Pope Francis: Divorce is an evil and the increasing number is troubling.  Our most important pastoral task with regard to families is to strengthen their love, helping to heal wounds and working to prevent the spread of this drama of our times.  AL 246

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