June 10. Basil, Zola and Mary had never really known their father. When their mother became ill and died, when little Mary was just 8 years old, Zola 12 and Basil just 17, the children felt very lost. Their aunt who lived nearby took over some of the parenting but much of the time Basil found himself being the head of their little family. At first they were close but as time went by he found it was more and more difficult to control Zola. His brother had been a good student but had got mixed up with bad friends and often missed school. They drank and smoked and walked the streets until late at night. Like a real father Basil got very angry with his brother and there were times when the boys fought. Basil knew this was not right but felt helpless so he decided to ask their priest for help.
If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go, first be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:20-26.
Pope Francis: “Put on Christ, in your life and you will find a friend in whom you can always trust. Put on faith and life will take on a new flavour. Put on hope and every one of your days will be enlightened and your horizon will no longer be dark but bright. Put on Love and your life will be like a house built on rock. WYD 2013.