July 11th.   Joan said,  “Last week we talked about your daughter and how her behaviour messed up the family.   I think there is another side too, where conflict happens when you try to put right what is wrong.  That happened to my son.  My daughter and daughter-in-law were not getting on at all.   Itwas about the grandchildren and what they could and couldn’t do or should and shouldn’t be allowed to do. I spoke to my son and he did try to talk to the warring parties, his wife and his sister, about what he thought was right. But it all went wrong and the two families ended up not speaking to each other.” 

Scripture:   Jesus said to his apostles, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace but a sword.  Matthew 10:34.   Pope Francis: Responses given to the Family pre-synodal consultations spoke of challenges. Some responses pointed to the effect of severe stress on families, who often seem more caught up with securing their own future than with enjoying the present. AL50.