January 30th. Protas was a confirmation catechist and his group studied the gospel of this day. He began, “Today there is still a strong belief in spirits and ancestors and different forms of possession by evil spirits.  Most common in some cultures in our country is the belief and practice of witchcraft. Satanism also comes to the fore from time to time.  However, we can also consider ‘What are today’s unclean spirits?   Can addictions be seen in this light?’  Alcohol and drug abuse cause a great deal of harm, physical, mental and spiritual too.  The majority of fatal accidents and much family violence, especially against women and girls happens under the influence abusive substances. In your families or when you are confirmed, will you make a pledge never to allow such an evil spirit into your life.?”          

Scripture. Jesus had said , “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”  As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed begged Jesus that he might be with him. But he refused and said, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you.”  Mark 5:1-20.  Pope Francis:  Drug use, alcoholism, gambling and other addictions are scourges of our time, causing immense suffering and even breakup for many families.  The family could be the place where these are prevented and overcome, but society and politics fail to see that families at risk lose the ability to act to help their members. AL 51. Reflect, share, act, pray.