When I was a child, I copied the adults around me. I spent a good amount of time complaining about being young and dreaming about all the things I would do when I grew up. Inevitably, I became an adult and if I only knew then some of the things I know now….
1. You are old longer than you are young.
2. Being a grown up means being an adult with really big, very serious responsibilities.
3. You never get to sleep as soundly as when you were a child.
4. It’s harder to get up when you take a tumble and the recovery process takes longer.
5. As a child, being asked to nap in the afternoon was a punishment. Now, it’s a treat!
I would have enjoyed every moment as a child and all the graces that came with it. The more pressing issue for me is that Jesus said: Mathew 18:3 “‘In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.“
Therefore, I have to relearn being like a child and unfortunately, at that time, I wasn’t paying attention.
Being around my children, I am given a second chance to see how childhood is like and what a blessing this stage of life is. They find happiness in the simplest things, are fascinated with the most ordinary of objects, exhibit purity in their intentions and the way they express their emotions, are open to new people and situations, have complete faith and trust in me and my husband for their needs and have no worries about tomorrow.
This June, we celebrate our children (June 8 – Children’s Day, US) , childhood, and how it relates to our faith journey. We remember children all over the world, the unborn, and our role in their lives as parents, guardians, teachers, and advocates.
Last month, we recognized our Blessed Mother and the beautiful mothers and women who perform motherly roles in our lives. Now, we acknowledge the Fathers!
Also, the Church celebrates the Sacred Heart of Jesus this month. We already started the Novena to the Sacred Heart in order to culminate on the feast day, June 8. We will continue to rediscover the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and keep our priests close in prayer as the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests in observed on the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart.
Together, let’s appreciate children and the blessings of childhood, understand the importance of being a child in the eyes of God, re-invigorate our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for our priests, and ask abundant blessing for the strong, loving, and dedicated men whom we call Dad.
God bless us all!