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'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Blog

The Political Rise and Fall of Dr. Ben Carson (Part Two)

Image of

By Justin Soutar

Within two and a half years' time, Dr. Ben Carson's political star had climbed with extraordinary steadiness from the horizon to the zenith, where it shone with dazzling brilliance, and then suddenly it plunged toward the opposite horizon, disappearing from view ... continue reading


'Tolerate as I have tolerated you' Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

Jesus is not nice."Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword." (Matt 10:34) BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - It's no accident that C.S. Lewis used a lion to represent Christ."Safe?" said Mr. Beaver; "don't you hear ... continue reading


Believing in God's Providence Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

This is a tough one for me, but I am certain this is a lesson God is desperately trying to teach me. It's a lesson I need to learn if I want progress in this journey of life with the Lord. NASHVILLE, TN - When I say 'learn' I don't mean to simply understand what God's ... continue reading


End Your Silence! Use Your Voice! Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Too many of us have for too long remained silent in the face of evil and untruth. Too manyof us have sat silently as all sense of the Sacred has been removed from many of our Churchbuildings and our Holy Masses. CANASTOTA, NY - Too many of us for too long have ... continue reading


The Political Rise and Fall of Dr. Ben Carson (Part One)

Image of

By Justin Soutar

Within two and a half years' time, Dr. Ben Carson's political star had climbed with extraordinary steadiness from the horizon to the zenith, where it shone with dazzling brilliance--and then suddenly it plunged toward the opposite horizon, disappearing from view ... continue reading


Four Phrases That Will Transform Your Relationships Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Instinctively, we long to rescue the people we love. We desperately want to take away their hurts and "fix" whatever struggle or fear they may be walking through. I know this because I've been the one that has tried to verbally "fix" other people's struggles. I didn't ... continue reading


Praying For God's Mercy With Boldness and Confidence Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Jesus gave us the seven Sacraments and left His Church as the earthly vehicle through which He would work to save souls. The salvation of souls, not social justice issues, is the "supreme law of the Catholic Church" and the primary reason for its existence. CANASTOTA, ... continue reading


Who is the Holy Spirit? Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

My most recent writing project is a multimedia about the Holy Spirit for a Pentecost youth rally next week. Usually when I write such things, it all comes about fairly easily, and I can piece together a rough draft in an afternoon or so. This time, however, I have ... continue reading


What is love? Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

People say things like "If you really love me, you'll have sex with me" or "If you really love me, you'll buy me nice things," but what is the real definition of love? How do newly weds navigate the difficult terrain of authentic love? BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - When ... continue reading


Desolation, Grace, and Trust Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Recently I've crossed into a place I'm not proud to admit I've entered. It's not a physical place, but rather a spiritual and mental place. It's a product of exhaustion coupled with fear, but mostly it's due to a greater distance between God and I because I've been ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • 100k Americans work for China as China continues to purchase major US ...
  • Alabama Supreme court recognizes same-sex adoption
  • St. Joan of Arc: Saint of the Day for Monday, May 30, 2016
  • Advent Prayer HD Video
  • How much did Goldman Sachs' CEO invest in hedge fund?: Hillary ...
  • Daily Readings for Monday, May 30, 2016
  • Daily Reading for Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Second Peter 1:2-7
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of our ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 91:1-2, 14-15, 15-16
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 12:1-12
1 He went on to speak to them in parables, 'A man planted a vineyard; he ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 30th, 2016 Image

St. Joan of Arc
May 30: St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and ... Read More