"Whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me." Mt 18:5
Every child needs and deserves protection, someone or even an entire community who want to guard and defend them and help them enter adulthood as responsible and committed people. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and children everywhere are made to work and even fight wars at a very young age. What must this do to a child's psyche and soul?
The feast of the Guardian angels reminds us of how fragile we all are, but especially children. Angels, as sign of God's protective love, help us remember our obligation to one another. We are to protect one another's reputations, privacy, and integrity, but especially we are to let children be children. The horror of the sex abuse of children and the proliferation of child pornography alert us to how needy we are for sanity, healing and a healthy society.
Today, be a guardian angel to someone in need.
Who has been a guardian angel to you?