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May 3.  Some group members shared with one another and the teens in their families,  “Practising dialogue and sharing like this on how we feel about the laws and customs, e.g. lobola and polygamy and patriarchy too, that are part of our tradition, has really made me think.   Who taught us, have they been explained well and do they still make sense in our day?   Who is the custodian of the customary law, as the Church sees itself as the ultimate custodian of God’s law with the obligation to teach us.”  “In the end everything has to come back to our own conscience, doesn’t it?”  “I’m glad that their catechist deals with difficult questions,” one dad said. Others disagreed. “We as parents have that responsibility first of all and we also need Fr Joseph or an expert to help us.” 

Reflect, share, scripture: The apostles wrote to the church in Antioch. Since we have heard that some persons from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, it seemed good to us in assembly to choose men and send them to you. Acts 15:24-25    Pope Francis: We find it hard to make room for the consciences of the faithful who often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations and are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations.  We have been called to form consciences not to replace them.  AL 37  ACTION. Do some research on your own family traditions and practices and consider what they mean to you.