August 4.  Rayhab, a social worker was brought in to facilitate discussions on gender and balance in the work place and elsewhere. She began by asking,  “How open as individuals but particularly as men and women are we to change?  Is there a need for change.” She looked around the room.  Some people looked sceptical, some were frowning, others looked interested. She explained that with a focus on strengthening families, and taking into consideration that changes had come about in society, adjustment had to be made. People sometimes resist change and are only able to change when they are forced to do so by circumstances. 

Reflect, share, act. Scripture: “Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honour except in his own country and in his own house.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.  Matt 13:57-58.  Pope Francis.  We need to acknowledge the great variety of family situations that can offer a certain stability but de facto or same-sex unions for example may not simply be equated with marriage.  No union that is temporary or closed to the transmission of life can ensure the future of society.  But nowadays who is making an effort to strengthen marriages?   AL 52.