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The child-heart

The child is still a mystery to me. Does God come in the lithe ones to teach our hard and way-ward hearts? Children come with radiant faces and singing hearts. Do they come to renew the child-heart that slumbers still in the grown-up ones? The simple child-soul will save civilisation and lead us to gentleness and purity, and humble mindedness and to simple-hearted faith in Our Father in Heaven.

Great kingdoms crumble to their fall and God grows weary of thrones and dynasties. But God is radiant in the roses and the rosy faces of the little children. When the disciples asked Jesus who was the greatest in the kingdom of God, he called the little child unto him and set him in the midst of them and said: “Verily, I say unto you: except ye become as little children ye shall not enter the kingdom of Heaven. And he who humbles himself as this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.”

Mystery-filled are the children and radiant are they as stars: for they rise from afar: they come as a witness to our unseen home. In the eyes of a child floweth eternity: and in the heart of a child is the light that heals! Philosophers have evolved systems and built up schools, but I know of no better touchstone for truth and falsehood than the child-heart.

Riches and glories of the earth pass away: but in the pure eyes and lisping words of a child lie hidden wisdom that abides.


Kingdoms lie prostrate at the feet of conquerors and kingdoms crumble to dust one day, but there is a kingdom that crumbles not—a kingdom introduced by time. It is the Kingdom of Light. Of that, the child-heart is a symbol. Riches and glories of the earth pass away: but in the pure eyes and lisping words of a child lie hidden wisdom that abides.

I have looked at children: I have seen them sit silently: and I have sometimes felt they understand things better than the grown-ups! Are they thought-readers? Do not disregard what the little ones say to you. A child will say suddenly: “Do not do that!” You will do well to listen to what the little ones say to you. Don’t be rough to them! And to understand them you should love them. You then may know that life is beautiful; you then may cling to this faith of childhood in the face of all disappointments of difficult days.

O ye that would grow in the life of the spirit, go and hug your children to your hearts and kiss your little ones in the cradle and beneath the stars, love your children and ask them to bless you and your earth-pilgrim!

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