August 31.  Be Prepared. The PPC chairman thanked all those who had participated in exploring the month’s theme of sexuality as a family gift in many ways.  It was dealt with in the wider context of marriage and of family life. He noted that the first place to situate sexuality as gender justice is within marriage and within intimate interpersonal relationships, heterosexual and homosexual too. As we are all sexual beings in all our dealings all our other social interactions demand respect and justice too.  Young and old deal with friends, school mates, work colleagues and also people in authority where sexual harassment happens because one has more power than the other.  “A final word of warning is probably appropriate,” he concluded. “contextualising the words of Jesus, watch out, be prepared and, recognising one’s vulnerability, do not open yourself to opportunities and occasions for abuse and for sin.”

Reflect, share, act. Scripture Jesus said, “Watch for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.  But know this that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming he would have watched and not have let his house be broken into. Matt24: 42-50. Pope Francis. The Church wishes with humility and compassion to reach out to families and to help each family to discover the best way to overcome any obstacles it encounters. Enabling families to take up their role as active agents of the family apostolate calls for an effort at evangelisation and catechesis inside the family.   AL 200.