Advent Season: A prayer from Pope Francis:

“Let us go to Bethlehem, with these words, the shepherds set out. We too, Lord, want to go up to Bethlehem… I too want to come to Bethlehem, Lord, because there you await me. I want to realize that you, lying in a manger, are the bread of my life. I need the tender fragrance of your love so that I, in turn, can be bread broken for the world. Take me upon your shoulders, Good Shepherd; loved by you, I will be able to love my brothers and sisters and to take them by the hand. Then it will be Christmas, when I can say to you: Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.

Assisted suicide: The first session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada will open on December 5th. We need to re-affirm our opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide by writing letters to the Minister of Justice (Hon. David Lametti) and our MPs. This becomes a priority since a court ruling struck down as unconstitutional the requirement that only those near death can qualify for medical help to end their lives. Also, the euthanasia lobby is demanding to remove the requirement that a person be capable of consenting at the time of the lethal injection.

December 6th: In Canada it is the “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women”. It commemorates the anniversary of the 1989 l’Ecole  Polytechnique massacre. The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WIIC)

offers a series of liturgy and prayers for use on this day. www.wicc.org/

A Nativity at home – a family tradition: “The Christmas crib can help us understand the secret of the true Christmas because it speaks of the humility and merciful goodness of Christ, who was rich, but became poor for your sake. His poverty enriches those who embrace it, and Christmas brings joy and peace to those who, like the shepherds in Bethlehem, accept the angel’s words: And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. This is still the sign for us too, men and women, of the third millennium. There is no other Christmas”. Pope Benedict XVI.

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph: December 29

The feast of the Holy Family inspires us to have confidence that God himself takes an interest in the generation of human life and blesses the loving union of man and woman. “The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life… The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honour God, and make good use of freedom”. The grace of the Incarnate Word sanctifies and protects family life, making it a true path to holiness. “The family of Nazareth is holy because it was centered on Jesus”. Pope Francis.

The following article was received with thanks from Life Member, Agnes Geiger who is also a member of the Christian Family Life Sub-Committee.

VAPING and OUR YOUTH

In 2014, the CWL had already identified E Cigarettes as a potential danger to our health and well-being, particularly to the health of our youth. Because “Health Canada currently does not fully regulate the contents, marketing, sale and use of all types of electronic cigarettes in Canada” Resolution 2014.02 Electronic Cigarettes was passed at the 94th National Convention, “encouraging provincial councils to become aware of electronic cigarettes as it pertains to their province/territory, and to act on it, as deemed necessary”.

Todd Stone MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson introduced the Vulnerable Adolescent Protection from E-Cigarettes (VAPE) Act 2019 in the Legislation on April 11, 2019. He stated, “Vaping and e-cigarette use is quickly becoming an epidemic among the youth of British Columbia.” “Recent Canadian estimates suggest that a third of students in grades 10 through 12 are vaping, outpacing tobacco use at an alarming rate. By enticing youth with sugary flavouring, tobacco companies are lining their pockets as a generation of kids succumb to nicotine addiction”.

In Canada, as of November 20, 2019 there were 11 confirmed or probable cases of severe lung illness related to vaping, three of these cases are in British Columbia. The BC Government has put together a plan to hike the PST on Vape products from 7% to 20%. Flavors such as cotton candy, apple fritter, pink lemonade, etc. – which mask the bitterness of nicotine will be banned outright. New restrictions on advertising will be put in place, prohibiting advertising on bus ads, retail store windows and billboards. A youth focused and “youth-led” education plan will be forth coming. The new regulations are initiated by the Provincial Government Ministers; Adrian Dix Health Minister, Rob Fleming Education Minister and Carol James Finance Minister.

I have a personal stake in the dangers of Vaping as my 20-year-old granddaughter has taken up vaping and is convinced that there is no danger to her health as it’s “just water vapor!”.

I encourage members to become informed about VAPING and the effects on our young people and write to the Provincial Government, to act quickly on their plan to educate the public and particularly our youth on the dangers of Vaping.

Blanca Stead
Chairperson of Christian Family Life