A few days ago I came across this quote from our newly canonized Saint Teresa: “So often people say that we should look to the elderly, learn from their wisdom, their many years. I disagree, I say we should look to the young: untarnished, without stereotypes implanted in their minds, no poison, no hatred in their hearts. When we learn to see life through the eyes of a child, that is when we become truly wise.” -St. Teresa of Calcutta
As a mother of two young children, this completely melted my heart. There has always been a special place in my heart for child-like simplicity and how we can mirror our spiritual life to reflect the innocence and trust that a child has. Having children of my own, I have grown to understand child-like faith in an even deeper, more meaningful way. Every time I try to get Sophie to trust me by trying some thing new, I see her resistance and see myself resisting God’s changes to my life. Just trust me, I often tell her. Wow, maybe I should take my own advice! I also see how her and Cora are quick to love. They don’t only talk to people who are wealthy or even friendly… No, they say “hi” to every person they see on the street, whether they are smiling, frowning, dirty, or clean. They’re not afraid to ask questions or to ask for what they truly desire. Even though they aren’t capable of doing virtually any thing on their own, they have no anxiety about where their next meal will come from.
Mother Teresa helped thousands of children in her lifetime, and I can only hope that the 2 I serve can give me even a sliver of the wisdom her orphans gave her. Christmas is such a beautiful time to reflect on the spirituality of children, and the humility of our Lord who chose to take on the form of an infant. Take some time this week to dwell on His humble beginnings and what we can learn from the little ones around us. Most of all, have a very Merry Christmas. I will be on hiatus for a few days after the holiday to spend time with family, and I hope you will be too!