Category: Rowland

Family: What More Can be Done?

Participating in a conference of the Department of Social Development was enlightening and for me also affirming. I know that those in the DSD Family Directorate and the family services forum understand and base their...

A Family Liturgical Cycle?

Christmas may be over, but before we know it, it’ll again be Advent and Christmas again. And then it will be good to remember that the 12 Days of Christmas are those after the feast of the Nativity, not before.

Where Did You Come From, And Where Are You Going?

‘Where on earth did you come from and where in heaven do you think you’re going?” This question is the core of a little booklet with the title “Our Catholic Heritage”, produced by MARFAM some 15 years ago.  These questions are still as relevant but the situations of families and of our countries and our world are changing continually.


Women: Genius or Victim?

Toni Rowland examines women ‘s roles past and present – why they changed and why they are not perfect right now When we chose “Gender Justice” as Marfam’s family theme for August, I suppose...

Let’s Hear it For Gogo and Oupa

As the Church celebrates the feast of the grandparents of Jesus this month, we’ve chosen that aspect of family life for reflection in July. Some introductory thoughts: “Grandparents, as they grow older, may have...

What to Say to a Pregnant Teenager?

I felt disturbed at how little focus there appeared to be on the issue of abortion in February when the country was reminded that it was 20 years since the Termination of Pregnancy Act...