May 3. Blended family. Michael began by saying,  “Our family is a so-called blended family, with my kids, her kids and our kids all trying to make a peaceful life together.  Trying is the operative word and there are times when it is really difficult not to show favouritism but my kids are my kids, and Joan’s  are hers.   We don’t seem to have those same issues about “our” kids.  Religion is one of our concerns as Joan and I don’t go to the same church, so where do the kids belong? I suppose ultimately we all have to take responsibility for ourselves. 

Reflect, share, act. Scripture.  If anyone hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him, for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings has a judge; the word that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day. John 12:44-50.  Pope Francis.   Develop the habit of given real importance to the other person.  This mean appreciating them and recognising their right to exist, to think as they do and to be happy.  Never downplay what they say or think even if you need to express your own point of view.  AL 138. Pray. Mary, Mother of the afflicted, pray for us.