13 November.  Mrs Pierce was a catechist and a teacher.  She shared, “We hear a lot about child trafficking, how these traffickers groom children to become prostitutes.  Is that sinful for the young people or for the traffickers?  Or what about those who go to prostitutes, surely that is sinful? The children are tempted with sweets, cell phones, clothes and are given drugs that cause them to become addicts.  Could their behaviour then be regarded as sinful?”  After an incident the school had sent a notice to families to talk to their children about trafficking but of course temptation and sin was not something the school addressed, but the catechists sent a letter to parents.  They, as the first educators of their children, dare not lose out on doing their duty or else their children may lose their lives.

Reflect, share, Scripture.   Jesus said, Temptations to sin are sure to come but woe to him by whom they come! But anyone who tempts children does a great wrong, such people should be thrown away.” Luke 17:1-6.  Pope Francis The sexual exploitation of children is another scandalous and perverse reality in present-day society. Sexual abuse of children is all the more scandalous when it occurs in places where they ought to be most safe, in families, schools, communities and Christian institutions.  AL 45. Action and prayer:  Remember in prayer the needs of those who have suffered abuse of any kind.