June 4.  Beauty was in 3rd year medical school studying ophthalmology but still enjoyed coming to the family group when she could. She had been a catechist and during her last years at school had felt a calling to study medicine.  “Not only religious life is a vocation,” she shared.  “It was when I was doing practical work in remote villages that I saw many cases of glaucoma, something that can be treated and prevented. Some of those old people are left on their own, some are living with family but I was impressed by one little girl of 14 who was living with her granny and looking after her.  She was really the old lady’s life-saver. That’s what influenced my course of study.” 

Tobias said,“Take courage father.” With this he applied the medicine on his eyes. Next with both his hands he peeled off the white films from the corners of his eyes. Then he saw his son and embraced him and he wept and said, “Here I see my son, the light of my eyes!” Read the story of healing from Tobit 11:5-15. 

Pope Francis:  Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan in answer to the question, “Who is my neighbour?”  In the society of Jesus’ time this usually meant those nearest to us. It was felt that help should be given primarily to those of one’s own group and race.  For some Jews Samaritans were looked down upon, considered impure. Jesus transforms this approach. He asks us to become neighbours to all.   FT 80