June 26..   Deacon Samuel started a challenging discussion with the confirmation group and their parents at a combined session he had set up.  “Does the fact that there are so many protests around problems in education mean that we are judging whoever is responsible and do we have right to do that?”   “Yes, of course” came back many answers.  “OK now take that into your families.  Young people do you “protest” about things at home?  Parents do you “protest” from your own perspective?”  That could have led to some tough issues but Mme Ndlovu was able to pull it together. “There is a difference between judging and critically addressing rights and how it is done is also important. It might be a fine line but as we grow into adulthood it is one that we need to learn to follow.”   

Reflect, share, act. Scripture: “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Matt 7:1-5. Pope Francis to youth: The 4th commandment contains something divine, something which lies at the root of every other type of respect among men. The virtuous bond between the generations, of parents and children is the guarantee of the future and of human history.  A society with children who do not honour parents is a society without honour.  General Audience February 2015