May 30.   When Ephraim read the Bible story of how the old man Tobit became blind and had to be cared for he felt quite sad.  A picture of the young people standing with the blind beggars at street corners around the suburbs did come to mind.  He’d been asked to stand and beg once with a blind person and had refused.  When his own granny started losing her eyesight and eventually became blind he had a niggling feeling that this was a punishment for him so he volunteered to spendtime with her and actually started enjoying the relationship they were building up as he came and read to her and did a few chores each week.

Reflect, share, act. Scripture For four years I was unable to see. All my kindred were sorry for me and Abilcar took care of me for two years until he went to Elymais.  From Tobit 2:9-14.   Pope Francis.The larger family should provide love and support to teenage mothers, children without parents, single mothers, persons with disabilities needing particular affection and closeness, young people struggling with addiction, the unmarried, separated or widowed who are alone and the elderly and infirm who lack the support of their children.   It should embrace even those who have made a shipwreck of their lives. AL 197. Pray. Mary, Mother of those in need pray for us.