#2101 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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1 Thessalonians 5:14We urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Is there ever a place where “big” people fall down and fail that feels worse than when we fail to be patient with our children. I have disappointed my children and grandchildren so many times I can’t even begin to count them. Usually their disappointment comes in the form of my failure to take the time to hear them out and to participate in their lives. If there is ever an essence to what the Church should be it is just that, to take the time to listen, and to accept the invitations to “play” and to actually participate in the lives of others.
The dad in the picture above would look a “right fool” to anyone who’s watching, but to the little girl he is her prince, her knight in shining armor. Before you go complaining about “male-female” stereotyping please just take a step back and try to understand the heart of the father, the openness of the little girl and know that this is a moment she will cherish forever, and perhaps from it she will gain the self-respect so necessary for young people today.
Now, go and apply this self-same patience to other relationships and step down from your self-importance to do these things.