August 16th. Money management.  The conversation in the group came around to possessions and money management again.  This is a sore point in many places.  Men complain that women are spenders, women complain that men are mean and irresponsible, drink or gamble.  “My husband refuses to tell me what he earns.”  “I need to ration the money I give to my wife because she just spends it all.”  “That is why some of us prefer not to be bothered with a man and do our own thing.” “That might be OK if you can afford it.” So comments came from around the group. Angela had pre-empted the discussion and had invited a speaker on Catholic Social Teaching to help facilitate a discussion.  

By your wisdom and your understanding you have gotten wealth for yourself and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries. Your heart has become proud in your wealth. Eze 28:1-10   Pope Francis:     if a single mother has to raise a child by herself and needs to leave the child alone at home while she goes to work the child can grow up exposed to all kind of risks and obstacles to personal growth.   The Church must be concerned to offer understanding, comfort and acceptance rather than imposing straightaway a set of rules that only lead people to feel judged. AL 49