February 9.   Aunty Pam had been a popular visitor to the family.  As she got older she realised it was becoming more difficult to be in company as she found it hard to hear well and getting a hearing aid would be a big expense for her. She hated having to ask people to repeat things all the time.  When she shared how awkward she felt  and the family discussed the  issue of hearing they all came to realise how lost in all kinds of settings the deaf, and hard of hearing must feel.  

Reflect, share, Scripture:  Jesus took the deaf and dumb man aside and looking up to heaven he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha, be opened” and his ears were opened. Mk 7:31-37. Pope Francis: Families who lovingly accept the difficult trial of a child with special needs are greatly to be admired.  They render the Church and society an invaluable witness of faithfulness to the gift of life.  People with disabilities are a gift for the family and an opportunity to grow in love, mutual aid and unity.  If the family in the light of faith accepts the presence of persons with special needs, they will be able to recognize and ensure the quality and value of every human life, with its proper needs, rights and opportunities. AL 47.Pray: that the needs of persons with disabilities will be addressed by all in families, the Church and society. Choose appropriate action.