August 17, 2019
Mt 19: 13-15
Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Living by a child’s framework
Children are such special gifts to each of us and to the world. The way they come to a space is so honest, innocent and caring. “Cura Personalis” (care for the whole person) is embedded into the core of their being. Accepting others without judgment is the framework they use in life. How beautiful our world would be if we lived by children’s framework.
Jesus tells us to come like children. If we did that, what a different world this would be. Then, the kingdom of heaven would belong to us. The question I pose today for you is: How do we transition to this? How do we prevent our children from assimilating to the adult way of living which is not always encompassing “Cura Personalis.”
—Dr. Phyllis Graham-Dickerson is a professor and assistant dean at Regis University, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, Loretto Heights School of Nursing for seven years, with a tenure of 17 years on the nursing faculty.
Heavenly Father, please grant us the wisdom and knowledge to move to the ways of a child. Amen.
—Dr. Phyllis Graham-Dickerson▲
THE POPE'S PRAYERS
Daily ExamenThe examen is a prayer popularized by St. Ignatius Loyola that helps us to recognize the ways that God is present and active in our daily lives.
- Stillness: Quiet yourself. Close your eyes and be still. Remember that in this moment you are in God’s presence and that God is now loving you. Take time to let yourself be looked at by the Lord.
- Gratitude: Take a few moments to recall one or two things from today for which you are especially grateful. Give thanks to God for these gifts and take time to savor them.
- Review: Review the events of the past day from start to finish, as if you were watching a movie. Notice the ways that God has been present today. Pay attention to your emotions and stirrings within your heart.
- Sorrow: As you have reflected upon your day, you may have noticed a moment from the day in which you have fallen short. Bring this experience to prayer and ask for God’s healing and forgiveness.
- Looking Forward: Look ahead to the next day and ask for God’s help and grace as you move forward with activities, commitments, and interactions with others. When you are ready, conclude your examen with the Our Father.
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