The bond of father and mother in marriage gives a child his first sense
of belonging. He makes a connection from his own father to God the Father
and is awash in gratitude for what is his, if only his small family unit.
A stranger visited our home recently and paid me a great complement, "Look at all the children...but it's so calm!"
I watch my children play all day and even though they are usually not quiet, they are in fact remarkably calm.
Once when my oldest daughter was badly injured, I was amazed that she was so calm! For me this was nerve-racking. And it was a bit overwhelming when I realized the source of her calmness: she trusted me.
I tell them that they will feel better soon and they believe me. I tell them that it's going to be okay and they believe me. I tell them that God is here and they believe me. I marvel at the innocence of a child. I crave the purity of this innocence, that I might strengthen my own Faith in God.
I too trusted my parents as a child. I was calm living in a comfortable and healthy environment. My parents taught me a level of self-denial and sacrifice that helped me transition to the responsibilities and hardships of adulthood. And it taught me something else:
We must not ever leave the calmness of our childhood! We must continue to practice this kind of perfect Faith. God loves the Faith of children. And since virtue is an action, not a feeling, we are all capable of having Faith!
Look at the calmness of a child and see innocence,
see Heaven, see God.
And marvel at this most precious Faith!
Painting by Murillo
Sadly, there are children in this world who are taught lies. They are told depressing atheistic ideas and indoctrinated with errors of social structure and filthy lifestyles of impurity that ruin their childhood and usually their lives. Children are born with an admirable innocence and heart naturally turned to God. The destruction of these priceless qualities is the worst child abuse! It is the curse of children born out of wedlock. It is the most vital obligation of Christian family life: protect the innocence of children!
The bond of father and mother in marriage gives a child his first sense of belonging. He makes a connection from his own father to God the Father and is awash in gratitude for what is his, if only his small family unit. Responsibility is born along with loyalty, trust, honor and Faith...
Then the Faith of a child will grow into the Faith of a man, a Faith that is developed by grace and fortified by practice of virtue. This Faith will be so strong and invincible that it will be capable of reaching God.
Look at the calmness of a child and see innocence, see Heaven, see God. And marvel at this most precious Faith!