November 6.   Bruce and Mary-Lynn had decided to adopt Prisca and Aquila as their biblical patrons.  They explained, “Most of the followers of Jesus and the disciples of Paul that are mentioned are men. Hardly ever is there a mention of a couple.  There were some women followers and Peter must have been married as his mother-in-law is mentioned in the story.  When she was ill, Jesus healed her and she got up to serve them.  Surely some of the other followers also worked together with their wives and families. We know of good couples who have worked together in pastoral care and some together with their families.  However, it is sad that often when one dies the other spouse is almost forgotten. That can be a real loss to the community, not to mention the loss to the widowed person him or herself.”

Brethren, greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I, but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks.  Romans 16:3-9    Pope Francis: In family support there is the contribution made by groups of married couples that provide assistance as part of their commitment to service, prayer, formation and mutual support. AL 229. To turn our backs on a grieving family would show a lack of mercy, mean, the loss of a pastoral opportunity and close the door to other efforts at evangelization. AL25. Reflect, share, act and pray