The team preparing for Women’s Day had met with different parish groups and the priests to decide on how it would be commemorated in parishes. “Sometimes it seems as if we want to fight for women’s rights but not really take our responsibilities on board too,“ Sophie suggested. “Especially our responsibilities in our families,” Portia added. “Why don’t we develop a kind of charter for ourselves, of rights and responsibilities. That shouldn’t upset anybody.”
Because the Lord your God loved your fathers and chose their descendants know therefore this day and lay it to your heart that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. Keep his commandments that it may go well with you and with your children after you. Deut 4:32-40.
Pope Francis: even though significant advances have been made in the recognition of women’s rights and their participation in public life much remains to be done to promote these rights. AL54. The grandeur or women includes all the rights derived from their human dignity but also from their feminine genius which is essential to society. AL173
PRAYER FOR THE WOMEN OF SOUTHERN AFRICA.
Almighty God, You are father and mother to us, your children. We thank you for the particular and special gifts you have given to women, the gift of nurturing life, of sustaining and supporting life, the qualities of compassion, commitment, generosity and a willingness to share. As they progress towards their rightful place in society we request your blessing on all women that they may continue also to hold their rightful place in the family. that women and men together may build a society which will bring about the Kingdom You have promised us.
We call on Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who nurtured and cared for her son and now reigns with Him in heaven to inspire the women of South Africa, to pray with them in their joys and in their struggles, and to intercede for them with her Son.
Mary, Queen assumed into heaven, patroness of South Africa, pray for us.