St Stephen, Day of Good will. Family Thought 26 December

The old Boxing Day, has become Day of Goodwill in South Africa.  We also commemorate  St Stephen, the first Christian martyred at the hands of the Jews who felt threatened by the passion and commitment of these early Christians.  Goodwill may not have the degree of passion that makes one willing to suffer death for a cause but is a necessary and valuable attribute of family life. The family is the place where we learn about generosity, hospitality and the particular quality of ubuntu.

Better a dish of herbs where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it. Proverbs15:17 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. Proverbs 17:1. 

Pope Francis.  It is my burning desire that Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. This will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty.  The poor have a special experience of God’s mercy.  From MV15.    Reflect and share.  Why not rate yourself and your family on your degree of goodwill.  Play or sing lots of carols especially Good King Wenceslas, a carol about care for the poor.

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