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Never hold your fore-parents guilty

At times the society and specially family is blamed for all the evil tendencies that one harbors in one's life. People from the society that Ezekiel lived, blamed their ancestors for the punishment that they were going through in Babylon.

Never hold your fore-parents guilty

By Fr. Robert D’Souza
Man is social animal. He prefers to be part of the society. This longing can bring about two effects: solidarity and irresponsibility.

As part of solidarity with the society one can be shaped and molded according to the mind of the society in which one lives.

At times the society and specially family is blamed for all the evil tendencies that one harbors in one's life. People from the society that Ezekiel lived, blamed their ancestors for the punishment that they were going through in Babylon.

Ezekiel makes them aware of their personal responsibility for everything that they did. This sense of responsibility further highlighted when Jesus talks about reconciling with one's fellow brother before bringing the offering to the altar.

How well do I combine societal solidarity with my personal responsibility? Have I decided to be reconciled with at least with one person during this Lent?

(A prolific writer Fr. Dr. Robert Baptist D’souza has been a perspicacious translator for years including the translation of the voluminous Catechism of the Catholic Church. He translated the 16 sticker books of the Living in Faith to Marathi and is busy translating the Bible into the same language. He belongs to the diocese of Vasai and is the director of the pastoral centre.)

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