Rising Star

Rising Star

Why stand awed by the stars of the night,
Light from ancient bodies now demised?

Ponder instead about
that child on your lap,
Nesting warmly against your neck.

For even as he quietly slumbers,
This star is alive!
He rises with every passing hour.

~ D.F.

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“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
~ Luke 2:52

Talitha Koum!

Talitha Koum!

Only through Faith can the spiritual child within us be raised back to life and thus enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
~ D.F.

To Jairus’ daughter who had died:

Jesus took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).

Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
~ Mark 5:41-42

Little Child

The Little Child

Be as the little child
Who is always fully present in the moment,
Fretting not over the future or
Made weary by memories past
Secure in the knowledge of his inheritance.
~ D.F.

“Unless you change and become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven”
~ Matthew 18:3

Children’s Day 4 October 2013

 

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Yunnan, China

Mother & Child

Mary

Jesus was a child with a most special need.

He needed a mother, full of grace.

Gazing upon Mary and living with her, he, who is Grace itself can see and learn his true nature, reflected from another person.

In this, He is truly like us in every way except sin, for children start to learn about themselves by imitating their parents.

~ D.F.

The Annunciation

“And the angel being come in, said unto her:

Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.

And the angel said to her:

Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.

Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.

And of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

~ Luke 1:26-33

 

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Yunnan, China

Life’s Lessons

Life's Lessons

The most important lesson in life that parents can impress on their children is to love God with all their heart, mind and soul and their neighbour as themselves.

~ D.F.

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.

The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

~ Matthew 22:36-40

Vocation

Vocation

“Work is man’s original vocation. It is a blessing from God, and those who consider it a punishment are sadly mistaken.”

~ St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, no. 482

 

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Yunnan, China