September 26th.   The older kids were asked to read the story of Job and so pass it on to the rest of the family.  Michael explained, “It is a teaching story of Job, who was rich and had many children but God allowed Satan, the tempter, to test him.  The test was, “Would he still believe in God’s goodness if all his possessions were taken away?”   He lost everything and his friends kept pestering him to blame God. He was almost at a point of cursing God but some faith remained in him.”  “I wonder if something like that happened to me how would I react? “  “It makes me think of unemployment. Some youth have never worked but I know a number of men who were retrenched.  That is one of the most difficult things because as bread-winner he loses his ability to provide, along with his dignity and the respect of his kids. Does he blame God?”   “It depends……..  “  

Scripture. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.  Job 1:6-22.  Pope Francis:   Human beings too are creatures of this world, enjoying a right to life and happiness, and endowed with unique dignity. So we cannot fail to consider the effects on people’s lives of environmental deterioration, current models of development and the throwaway culture.   LS 43.

ECO-TIP AND PRAYER:  Engage in cross-cultural and cross-generational dialogue to gain better understanding about a throw-away culture. Together pray   Glory be to the Father…………..