March 7.  The girls were getting a bit fed up with what they saw to be too much political talk. “Are human rights and family rights always about politics?”  Susan asked. Dad responded with, “Well, yes and no, because politics is also about life.  We have politics in our own family too on a mini-level – you tend to side with mom and Patricia more with me. We all have rights, but it is the question of truth and of acceptance of discipline that really matters here.   As parents we try to instill discipline in our home but also expect you kids to be accepting if we ban outings, cut pocket money or use of cellphones, or impose sacrifices.  All that can even relate to doing penance during Lent.” 

Reflect, share. Scripture: Read the relevant scripture passages.  This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord and their God and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips. Jeremiah 7:28. Pope Francis:  How do we ensure that discipline is a constructive limit placed on a child’s actions and not a barrier standing in the way of his or her growth?  Moral education entails asking what does not involve a disproportionate sacrifice. AL270-1.  LSAP 4.   Promote sustainable living.    Pray a Lenten prayer. Pray for a positive attitude towards discipline as a necessary aspect of family life.  Choose an appropriate action.