Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Carmen Nassaney

6/8/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Live Like a Toddler!

After spending time with my grandchildren recently, I began to realize why it has been said that you can not enter the kingdom of heaven unless you become like a little child. It is now so obvious what Jesus was trying to tell us when He said this. But, how young are we talking? Could He have meant a toddler when He said this? I can't think of a purer, more loving, unspoiled time in childhood then the age of a toddler. 

Matthew 18: 1-4
1 At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?'
2 So he called a little child to him whom he set among them.
3 Then he said, 'In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.
4 And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 18: 1-4 1 At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?' 2 So he called a little child to him whom he set among them. 3 Then he said, 'In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. 4 And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.

Highlights

By Carmen Nassaney

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/8/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: God, Jesus, love, childlike, children, family, toddler, heaven, kingdom, grandchildren


LOS ANGELES, CA - My four grandchildren were born very close together. This has resulted in a three year old, two yes two at the age of two, and a six month old. When all the children come together, the excitement, squeals of delight, and pure joy of seeing one another cannot be missed. 
You haven't witnessed true joy until you see three toddlers running together, all playing at the same time, all shouting in their tiny vocabularies yet still able to well express their delight. As their grandmother, my heart swells so, it sometimes feels like it no longer fits in my chest. It is so filled with love.

Each child, so special in his or her own way. Everything is wonderful. As they discover new things, new words, new foods, new people, they can't contain themselves. Everything is so very exciting. Life is so great that everyone needs to see everything that they are discovering. 

Light a virtual candle and pray

Their energy is exhausting. They approach everything full speed ahead. That is because, they
have so much to investigate, they must hurry from one thing to the next in order to do every-
thing. 

They can be digging in the sandbox building an extremely fun and important hole when they suddenly stop because they hear, high in the sky, a plane! No sooner have they witnessed the plane overhead when there are dandelions that need to be picked and of course the seeds need to be scattered throughout the yard as far as possible. Next they run over to Mommy or Daddy and ask them to watch as they run as fast as they can to the sandbox because that very important hole needs to be dug again. Soon they are running to their parents and families giving hugs to anyone who will take them.        
And so it goes. Top speed with all the energy they can muster with enthusiasm and joy, full of giggles or words of exclamation until they start to get tired. Then, it's off for a quick nap to recharge so that they can begin again.

Is this how God wants us to live life? With enthusiasm and joy, boldly running forward from one
responsibility to the next. Giving all we have to whatever we do until we become tired and need to
recharge. Then after briefly resting, we arise again ready to embrace our family, friends, and 
neighbors and spread our love to everyone we meet. 

If we could live, with love, joy, and peace, uninhibited by shyness or fear would we become like
these young toddlers. Then, we would enter the Kingdom of Heaven as Jesus said like little 
children!     

Do Good, donate a Bible now
 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2015
Universal:
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Blog

Be Careful What You Wish For

Image of Enjoy every moment in life, don't wish them away.

By Shelly A. Schneider

Be careful what you wish for. It might just come true. You've heard that before, right? The phrase came to life during the heyday of 'Fantasy Island.' NASHVILLE, TN - Remember the show? People would arrive on a tiny island, by way of a tiny plane, with very big ... continue reading


The Art of Receiving Watch

Image of Jesus teaches that it is better to give than to receive, but in order to give we must first receive, gracious recieving blesses those who give.

By Shelly A. Schneider

How good are you at receiving? Not as in professional football, and not as in birthday or Christmas gifts. I'm talking receiving as in sincere compliments and unexpected blessings.things like that. I was never a good receiver and I never really gave it much thought. I ... continue reading


We Stand With You Lord - No Matter The Price We May Be Asked To Pay!

Image of We can gaze upon His Presence here in the Eucharist as long as our Churches remain open.

By Michael Seagriff

May the following words penned more than 50 years ago by Rev. M. Raymond, O.C.S.O. encourage us during these trying times and our pending exile in a world that has, for the most part, turned its back on the Lord who created them, died for them, yet still offers all ... continue reading


An Encounter With Jesus Through The Hand Of A Child

Image of We are brothers and sisters in Christ and we can't be whole until we are all whole together.

By Jackie Stammen

Surprises. Our God is full of surprises. A mentor in my life once told me to expect surprises in life, you are sure to have them. Good or bad, you will experience surprises. NASHVILLE, TN - Three weeks prior to the end of 2014 (good riddance, you crazy year, I am so ... continue reading


Synod on the Family: Perception v. Reality

Image of Pope Francis understands the critical importance of the traditional nuclear family in God's plan for human society in general and for the Church in particular.

By by Justin Soutar (Richmond, VA)

The secular news media has irresponsibly embedded in the public mind its own grossly inaccurate portrayal of the 2014/2015 Synod on the Family, raising vain expectations among the Church's enemies (including dissenters) of doctrinal and disciplinary changes that cannot ... continue reading


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Image of One has to look a little deeper to find something other than physical beauty.

By Shelly A. Schneider

Have you ever really thought about that? I'm talking about the heading above. I suppose once you become a spouse and parent the whole "eye of the beholder" thing has some relevance. In my eyes, there is nothing more beautiful on this planet than my husband and our ... continue reading


An Urgent Prayer and Warning - Lest Thy Church Suffer Too Great A Darkness

Image of O Come Let Us Adore Him While We Can!

By Michael Seagriff

Those who have visited here, read my book, I Thirst For Your Love, or frequent Harvesting The Fruits of Contemplation, know how much I value and promote the work of Father Mark and his community, The Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration. Father Mark ... continue reading


Think the grass is always greener? Maybe not.

Image of Kids grow up so fast...we need to enjoy every moment of time.

By Shelly A. Schneider

Are you a 'grass is always greener' person? I was, too, until a seemingly normal Thursday afternoon many, many years ago. Read on. LOS ANGELES, CA - I used to watch moms with teenagers and feel pangs of jealousy.'I can't wait until my kids are old enough to do things ... continue reading


Tribute to an American Catholic Hero

Image of  The 3-cent Iwo Jima stamp was issued July 11, 1945

By Justin Soutar

John Henry Bradley (1923--1994), one of the six Iwo Jima flag-raisers in World War II, may have never considered himself an American Catholic hero, but that's exactly what he was. Whether tending wounded Marines under heavy gunfire in the battlefield or comforting ... continue reading


God said...and I listened

Image of Our daughter, Sam. Most days I feel blessed that she is so similar to me.

By Shelly A. Schneider

I received an e-mail from my friend, and newspaper photographer, Ray Rockwell this morning. It was titled, 'God said 'No.' I'd seen it before, but I decided I might need to read it again. Here's a small part of the text: LOS ANGELES, CA - I asked God to grant me ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 28:10-22
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 91:1-2, 3-4, 14-15
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:18-26
18 While he was speaking to them, suddenly one of the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 6th, 2015 Image

St. Maria Goretti
July 6: Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter