April 29. Beliefs and traditions. Busisiwe  said in her sodality  group.  “Along with our Catholic faith are we passing on some of our traditions and also our superstitions to our children?  Call it witchcraft, or just superstition but don’t we simply pass on our fears and traditional beliefs out of fear too. If we had not paid lobola I would subconsciously at least consider any harm to our children as a punishment from the ancestors. Will our kids living in this modern world pick up what is good and what is superstition about the traditions families practice, or will they have their own modern beliefs?” 

Reflect, share, pray. When the crowd saw that the crippled man had been healed they said, “the gods have come down to us in the likeness of men.” And they called Barnabas Zeus and Paul Hermes, the names of their gods.  When Paul and Barnabas heard this they rushed out among the multitude crying, “Men why are you doing this? We are also men like you and bring you good news, that you should turn from these things to a living God who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all. Acts 14- 5-18.  Pope Francis: We need to be humble and realistic, acknowledging that at times the way we present our Christian beliefs and treat other people has helped contribute to todays’ problematic situation.  At times we have proposed a far too abstract and theoretical ideal of marriage, far removed from concrete situations and practical possibilities of real families. AL36