May 16. It’s a busy day today. For more detail on Christian Unity and Laudato Si see separate post on and go to family matters. . May 16. Easter 7. ASCENSION.  Fr Brian added a special family focus to his homily on the feast of the Ascension.  He explained, “The 40 days from Easter uses a symbolic number which means a certain length of time. This period of time was used by Jesus to continue teaching the apostles and preparing them for when he would return to the Father.  He promised not to leave them orphans but to send a helper to carry out their commission to go out and be his witnesses and to evangelise. Families are the first evangelisers. Together with and through the Spirit we  spread the Good News of God’s love to those within and then beyond the family. Parental love by both mothers and fathers in all areas of creation, or by those playing this role is their own unique way for doing this. How else will children understand that God is a loving parent? 

“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witnesses to the end of the earth.”   Acts 1:8.     Pope Francis:   When a family is welcoming and reaches out to others, especially the poor and the neglected, it is a symbol, witness and participant in the Church’s motherhood. Social love as a reflection of the Trinity is what truly unifies the spiritual life of the family and its mission to others.  Family is a vital cell for transforming the world.  AL324.  Mary, Mother of Jesus, show us his way.   

CHRISTIAN UNITY AND LAUDATO SI‘. May 16. Sunday Easter 7.  Day 1: Called by God: “You did not choose me but I chose you” (Jn 15:16a)

Laudato Si’ 202. Many things have to change, but it is we human beings, above all, who need to change. We lack an awareness of our common origin, our mutual belong and of a future to be shared with everyone.  A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.            Christian Unity Prayer Day 1. Jesus Christ, you seek us, you wish to offer us your friendship and lead us to a life that is ever more complete. Grant us the confidence to answer your call so that we may be transformed and become witnesses of your tenderness for the world.