September 25. Heritage Day (transferred from Sunday)   “Why do people keep some of their traditions and cultures a secret?”  This has been noted by the family on their eco-safari.  People may be welcoming but seldom really get to share or know other people’s personal traditions.  Is it privacy, fear, embarrassment, not wanting to be challenged, or superstition?  Was it always like that?  Maybe through social media everyone can get to know everything about everybody.   However, I also believe that we often keep things that worry us to ourselves.” “At the same time maybe we ought to be more open about teaching important values e.g. about loss of biodiversity or how properly to Care for our Common Home.” “Communication in a family is important, but can be really tricky too.”  

Reflect, share, act. Scripture:      Jesus said “no one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand that those who enter may see the light.  For nothing is hidden that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.  Luke 8:16-17.   Pope Francis.  Ecology involves protecting the cultural treasures of humanity in the broadest sense. It is more than what we have inherited from the past; it is also and above all a living, dynamic and participatory present reality which cannot be excluded as we rethink the relationship between human beings and the environment.  LS 132.   Eco-tip and prayer:  Reflect on and discuss the value of privacy or openness in communication for our common good. Pray the Glory be to the Father…………..