Silence of the Lambs or the Wolves?

Featuring a guest post today, written by my sister Sonetta. ----------------- The other posts on this blog describe my grandmother, a gentle and loving lady, and her inclination to stay silent about the treatment received at the hands of Son 2 and DIL 2. Even though my father, mother, sister, and I speak up for her, …

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Washing of The Feet: A Lesson in Service

"I'm not your servant!" retorted my daughter once, when asked to complete a chore. She was about five at the time. I responded, "That's right, you're not, and neither am I yours. But we both have to serve each other." Why? Turning towards the picture of Jesus in our living room, I asked her to think …

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When Cancer Invaded My Family – Part 2

Continued from here. With the tumour blocking her food pipe, Sonet was robbed of the first line of defence against any disease - an adequate intake of nutrition. The first thing the doctors did was to widen her food pipe with a stent to help her consume spoonfuls instead of sips. That's how we then measured each day's …

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Caring for Widows: The Christian Approach

How should a society treat its widows? The ideal answer to this is, the way it treats every other human being. But we know that for most widows, reality has fallen brutally short of this ideal. Through the ages, and in too many cultures, widows have generally been a vulnerable and often savagely exploited group. The question …

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Elder Abandonment: Who Left Mercy?

As long as my mother resided in Mumbai and quietly took care of my grandmother, her siblings and their spouses were content. But her relocation to Abu Dhabi in 2006, which necessitated them having to actively participate in their mother's care, became a point of contention. Some family members have termed mom's leaving Mumbai, as "abandoning her mother". In this …

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Elderly Parents: Whose Responsibility Are They? Part 2

Continued from Part 1 My grandparents made their inaugural visit to their sons' homes in the US in 2001. They left with great excitement, eager to see this land of dreams for themselves. They returned a few months later, shattered by the unkindness shown by both daughters-in-law. My grandfather, not a man to exaggerate, stated he'd …

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Elderly Parents: Whose Responsibility Are They? Part 1

Rhetorical question. Elderly parents must obviously be looked after by their children. If a couple has one child, then that child must care for them in their old age. Where there is more than one child, that responsibility must be shared among them all. It's simple, right? Children should look after their old parents. Nothing unheard of, nothing …

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