Hope you are all doing well. The weather has been so fluctuating not only in the atmosphere, also in the world. Here had been natural calamities, political upheavals, religious tensions within and without. But in spite of all these our trust and perseverance had been walking us through all these.
This past Monday and Tuesday I had been to La Crosse for the Fall Clergy Conference. In that meeting, we were discussing the pastoral response to pornography. The speaker came out with a lot of alarming statistics about pornography and the evils of it. This pornography leads one into a lot of personal, social, psychological and behavioral defects. The prevalence of this porn addiction is more enormous than one can imagine. The age group of people from 11-13 is according to the speaker more vulnerable. There is a bigger need to deal with this evil of pornography.
The parents need to keep an eye over the kids as to how they use their electronic gadgets which are readily accessible to them. It is the easiest entryway for porn to enter into a house/home. The parents should see how the kids delete the history in the web activity in the smart devices. Many young adults and young people clear their history so that they are not caught by their parents, teachers or other mentors. So, the parents must watch over their children’s web activity every now and then.
Another thing is that the parents should talk to the children about this in a reasonable way to persuade them to not engage in such bad habits whose results are too bad. They say that there are too very small number of parents, especially women who engage into such healthy talk with their children. That is another reason why children go unguided because they are unattended and unnoticed. The parents need to engage wisely themselves in monitoring and mentoring the children.
Another discussion in our meeting was about the scandalous situation that we face in the nation within our church. In this regard the Bishop has a letter written to all the faithful of the Diocese. That had been inserted in the Bulletin this week. KINDLY TAKE TIME TO READ IT. It is very important. That is not a very comprehensive and exhaustive letter, but you would understand the mind and feeling of the Bishop. He has expressed his sentiments of despair and hope. So, I would urge you to read that. We need to empathize with the victims of these acts and predators and also take some practical measure in this regard. We will try to execute the recommendations in the church from this week, and to pray the prayers the bishop has recommended.
May God keep us in His love and care amid the unusual circumstances which the church is in right now. Let us not be carried away by all these.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony.