Mass Readings: 2 Samuel 11:1-4a,5-10a,13-17/Mark 4:26-34

Respecting Children

St. John Bosco (1815-1888) worked extremely successfully with the abandoned and needy children of Turin, Italy. A child who came to see him was treated in the same way one would treat a guest, politely seated on a couch and listened to with the same respect offered to an adult.

Once when visiting a Catholic school, I was just appalled to hear teachers screaming at the children in the classes. Is that the way a teacher would act to a roomful of adults? It’s said that each person should pick out an issue to act upon that moves him or her strongly. My issue is children’s rights. In dealing with children, as John Bosco said, “There must be no hostility in our minds, no contempt in our eyes, no insult on our lips.”

Prayer: Father, help all to grow in respect of children and to end global child abuse.