Posted December 23, 2009 in Advent and Christmas:
The Heart of a Child

by Catherine Doherty.

Christ told us that unless we become like little children, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. We tend to associate children with Christmas in a very sentimental way: a newborn baby is "cute," children are "lovable" creatures. So they are, but that is not what Christ meant. I think he wanted us to have the heart of a child.

What does it mean to have the heart of a child? A child is utterly trusting, totally open, uninhibited, simple, direct, and unafraid. A child believes without reservation.

Every morning after Communion, I go to pray to the Infant of Prague. I say, "Give me the heart of a child. Give me the awesome courage to live what it demands." That’s what Christmas means to me.

Adapted from Grace in Every Season, (2001), December 11, p. 326, available from MH Publications.


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