Unless we become like little children, we
cannot see the face of our Father in heaven.
These are the words of the Master.
Annabel was four years old. Together
her dad, she knelt beside the bed to
her prayers before she went to sleep.
prayed for her mum, her dad, her siblings,
the catů Then she got into bed under
blankets. Being a chilly night, her
her well. All of a sudden, as her dad
about to switch off the light, this
exclaimed: "Wait, dad." She
out of bed, approached the icon of
of Nazareth which she had near her
ardently kissed Jesus, then Mary and
naturally Saint Joseph too. Then she
back to bed and smilingly told her
they sweet, dad?!" Her father,
for words in front of this sudden burst
devotion and tenderness: "Yes,
are charming, Anna, but now go to sleep..."
Disarming simplicity of children.
Watching TV, Antoniella fell asleep
sofa. Her mother, not wanting to wake
up, lifted her gently, took her upstairs
to her room and put her to bed. Much
when everyone was long in bed, mum
noises in her daughter's room. She
to see what was happening. She was
at what she saw. Antoniella was on
next to her bed, obviously praying.
are you doing, my child?" asked
mother. The girl replied: "Mum,
I forgot to pray before going to sleep,
I got up to say my night prayer."
was two o'clock in the morning. First
first and last things last, I suppose!
This past week Paulette took the habit,
going to bed, of putting her night
under the bed as further in as possible.
So every morning she had to go under
bed to look for them. When her mum
that she was doing this intentionally,
asked her why. The girl answered: "The
teacher at school told us to find ways
means to remember to say a prayer first
in the morning. So I thought that in
way I will never forget. Whilst on
looking for my shoes, I will for sure
to say my morning prayer! And I can
say them kneeling!" Her mum looked
the Jesus on the cross that was hanging
the wall beside her child's bed and
Keeping in contact with Jesus. Acknowledging
that He is someone important in our
Believing that He can really help us.
practical ways to remember Him. These
that these small girls are living are
eye opener also for us adults.
Lovers have their ways of expressing
love! Only the cynical never understand
I was told that many a time Monsignor
Grima (a holy priest from Malta who
hard to open and staff a Home for old
sick priests our of his own money),
he would think that he was alone in
would approach the tabernacle and kiss
Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.
When did you last kiss Jesus?
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