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Thanksgiving – Children

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

Some of the Aboriginal tribes who were the earliest inhabitants of Australia had a unique way to regenerate the bush and to provide for their own future security. By setting fire to portions of the vegetation in a semi controlled burn they would scorch the landscape only for a short period of time, after which the green shoots of trees and plants would come bursting back into life and bring with them the native fauna which provided food in abundance. This is a microcosm of the human story, showing the repetition of a constant pattern – of how new life can reinvigorate the old.

Indigenous burn off

The gift of bearing children is one way most of us achieve a fresh burst of energy and a new lease on life. Most often it occurs at a time when we are susceptible to becoming cynical and jaded, but then along comes a baby and provides us with the perspective to see the world afresh through a set of new and much younger eyes.

Archbishop Coleridge has often said how sexuality and the family are such a key way in which God lets us share in his creativity. How true it is. Rarely will we approach the same feeling of unconditional love which God feels for us than when we are holding a precious child in our arms. Nor will we be so invested and so torn between wanting to do everything for them, and yet holding back so as they can develop their own wings.

Catholic baptism

For the gift of children, which are the final chance at forming our character to be more selfless, we say thank you. The search for the fountain of youth should be called off as it is already amongst us, in the way we interact with our next generations.

Previous thanksgiving article: Friendly competition

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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