Richard Rohr in his June 15, 2015, blog simply says, “If God became a human being, it’s good to be human… because God is in everything and everything gives God glory. At birth, we too are… the divine child. God’s infinite love and mercy is made manifest in us.” Perhaps this is why we love to observe little babies. You can tell they’re still living out of pure and natural being. They can switch from a full-faced, million-dollar smile to crying in one second, because it doesn’t process through their head. They are just in immediate connection with pure being, which is also pure spirit. That’s why we can’t take our eyes off of little children. We know they’re living in connection with the Big Self and their True Self.
Maybe that’s why when we ask children questions we are sometimes amazed at their wisdom. In a recent email, a group of professional people posed this question to children 4-8 years old, “What does love mean?” Here are some responses.
- “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy - age 4
- Love is what makes you smile when you're tired. Terri - age 4
- Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen. Bobby - age 7
When our eyes and ears are totally focused on the other maybe each of us becomes a love note to that person.
Mary Rachel Kuebelbeck, OSB