Dear subscribers, A special New Year’s greeting to you. I hope you enjoy these Thoughts for the Day and that they provide a little inspirational and informational food for thought. As you know they are linked with our Family Year Planner and its monthly themes. You can download the calendar and an overview of the themes for the year as well as the Thoughts for the whole month from the website.https://marfam.org.za/2024-family-year-planner/ I have not printed the calendars in bulk but do have some copies if you wish to order an A3 version from me @ R10 plus possible delivery.

January  8. Baptism of the Lord. Paulette wrote to her friend, “I know that the Sacrament of Baptism is an initiation into the Christian family, as the Church also describes itself.  All our children were baptised as babies and confirmed later on.   When Michael chose to join the liberation army because as he said, he really believed in freedom and dignity for all I supported him but also feared for his life.  Soon after joining he wrote to us trying to explain his experience, ‘it was like a baptism of fire for me; I felt a sense of belonging and of sacrificing for a cause I believed in.’  We still worried about his safety but repeating the words of the gospel made us proud and gave us some of God’s strength.” 

Reflect, share.  Scripture He saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved son, with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:7-11. Pope Francis. The New Evangelisation tries to help “the baptised whose lives do not reflect the demands of Baptism and who lack a meaningful relationship to the Church to experience a conversion which will restore the joy of faith to their hearts. EG14.  Pray:  for an understanding of “the demands of baptism. Choose appropriate action.