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Reflection: Being Like Children

By: Jean Giesige

Near the end of the year at our little Catholic school, in the Gospel at the children's mass we heard Jesus tell his followers that unless they became like little children, they could not enter the kingdom of heaven. I love that reading and the children probably do too. It is a vindication for their way of life. Nearly always the situation is reversed and they are shown adult role models and told to act more grown up. Once in a blue moon, in church, they get to listen in as the grownups are told to act more like children.

Why should we act more like children? As one who lives with four children and spends a great deal of time adjudicating their various disputes and wiping up spills and patching them up after mishaps, I puzzle over this...