Monday, December 9, 2013

Babies!

Yes, infants. I went to lunch one day last week, and as I stopped for a minute, a man walked by holding his infant daughter. She was wearing a matching pink beanie, a pink coat, and pink tights. She was incredibly adorable.

Yesterday there was a baptism in the Eucharistic Chapel as we were setting up the sanctuary for the Missa Cantata. It was a baptism of twins no less. Two beautiful gifts from God given to their parents and a visible sign of God's love for us, I think it is fair to say. AND there was another set of twins there! The mother's close friend from Franciscan also had twins recently. How cool is that.


There was a little girl, maybe about six or seven, and she was sitting while holding her little sister on her lap. She gave her a great big hug and then carried her out of the chapel! So precious.

These encounters with little children really do help me to confirm my vocation to the married life, when the time comes. I want to be like these men and have children of my own. What a wonderful thought, to give all of yourself to your wife and your children for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven.

I think we should all look to the complete dependence of infants on their parents as an example for our lives in faith. We can do nothing without God. I have hands that can type on this computer only because of God (ultimately). Certainly, we can only receive salvation by the grace of God alone. We are utterly dependent on Him, and any attempt to make ourselves completely self-sufficient is Hell. Jean-Paul Sartre got it backwards. No, hell is not other people. Hell is being alone by one's own purposeful design. The Holy Trinity is an eternal exchange of love between three divine hypostases, and the design of man as a social animal calls us to imitate the life of the Trinity on earth in relationships of love as we aim ourselves towards God and in the end, coming into communion with the Trinity in Heaven with the reception of the Beatific Vision. How horrible is that, then, to go to Hell.

Let us do it like little children. The words of Our Lord to let the little children come unto HIm were not merely a command to let them to Him, they were an instruction to us to live with the best of childhood, which is what we tend to lose as we grow older.


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