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Child Like Faith

Yes I was the one
who always had
an extra sandwich
for my angel,
she got hungry too!
If you are like me you probably grow up in a home where children were seen but not heard, priests were put on a pedestal and treated like the next thing to God and sharing a sandwich with your guardian angel was frown upon.

We are all familiar with the Gospel Matthew of Jesus and children:

But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

We hear that we should have faith like a child, but there is something else that children have that our church encourages: Childlike skepticism and inquisitiveness.  Jesus is asking us to trust but also to learn, ask questions, get answers.

He does not want us to lose our Catholic Inner child.  "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." Mark 10:15 When we do, we lose much of ourselves, our joy for life, our passion, our willingness to see God in everything and everyone.   Often we lose our child, or she is forced to retreat because of our life experiences and situations; it maybe that we had to "grow" up faster than we should.

Many of us who have lost our inner child come from homes of abuse: alcohol, drugs, physical, emotional, verbal or sexual.   We learn to hid everything, and so we learn to stop being.  This affects everything in our lives.  How we love.  Who we love.  Why we love.  It affects our relationships with others.  We are guarded, suspicious. We know in our hearts that we will be hurt so we either hurt first in defense or shout down in defense.  As parents we feel we are going to ruin our children and do everything we can to make sure that we don't, we fall victim to perfectionism.  This is also what affects our society.  We do not see ourselves as being deserving of respect so we fall pry to every fad, fashion and social moral that comes our way.  We are like children seeking authority and not finding it feel we must create our own, its self preservation.

But Jesus wants us to heal our inner child.  Jesus wants us to regain our faith, our questioning, our inquisitiveness.  We are made no less great than the angels!  Jesus wants us to feel secure in who we are.  Jesus wants us to be secure in Him.

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