Friday, May 30, 2003

From A conservative blog for peace correspondent Dave McLaughlin
Coalition forces don’t protect Iraqi Christians

From A conservative blog for peace correspondent Samer al-Batal
Justin Raimondo’s latest

In defence of Mel Gibson

Canadian PM taunts Pope: ‘Je suis catholique et pro-abortion’

‘We have the right to live’: Interview with Serbian Kosovo refugees

US troops raid Palestinian mission in Baghdad, arrest 11

God kept out of EU constitution

Another sentimental but true (in a couple of ways) story from the Net:
Why parents should have a crucifix in the house
Be it two- or three-dimensional. I've read similar stories from Eastern Orthodox about their kids responding to icons of Jesus.

The story:

I know that many Protestants find the image of a crucifix a bit off-putting, althought their reasons for feeling this way have never been in any way compelling to me (even when I was a Protestant).

I want to share an experience from yesterday that points out, yet again, the wisdom of Catholic devotional practices.

My little girl who is 3 1/2 years old has taken to staring adoringly at a large crucifix hanging in our bedroom. It is from Mexico, and so it is is traditional, and a bit bloody (although no comparison to the real event to be sure). I was a bit concerned that it might be a bit graphic, for her little eyes, but my wife and I loved it, and feel, like Paul, the need to preach "Christ crucified".

From time to time I hear her talking to Jesus, asking him to take care of mama, papa, her sister, uncle, aunt, grandparents, and even the souls in purgatory. Thank God for her prayers.

Yesterday she lovingly touched his bleeding knees and said, "Don't worry Jesus, I will take care of you...I love you."

I felt like crying. What a wonderful tool...this child has a more developed intuitive spirituality than many grownups (including me during most of my life).

Protestant friends: if you want to raise your children with a deep and intuitive love of Christ, start by getting a big crucifix for your home. Don't worry about the neighbors. It will foster a love and compassion for our crucified Lord. [End.]

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