August 4th  Individualism.  At one of their family sharing times the Joseph family had shared and discussed their own favourite scripture passages.  They had mentioned several.  John said he often thought of the words of Jesus, “Who do you say I am?”   Ann chose, “I will hold you in the palm of my hand.”   After everyone had shared with one another on their passages they eventually agreed to make up a slogan “ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL” and a poster of this all-time favourite because it spoke of so many things. ” What we need is individuality not individualism.”

“I will put my law within them and I will write it upon their hearts, and I will be their God and they shall be my people.”  Jer 31:33.   Pope Francis:  Extreme  individualism weakens family bonds and ends up considering each member of the family as an isolated unit, leading in some cases to the idea that one’s personality is shaped by his or her desires, which are considered absolute.  AL33    The time has come to accept decreased growth in some parts of the world, in order to provide resources for other places to experience healthy growth.   LS193.