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Monday, 12 March 2018 07:38

We must not forget the children of the world

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1712RuthDurick 150Amidst all the important compliance and procedures relating to child safety, we must not forget the gift of each child, and the reality of the terrible violence that so many children in the world are faced with every day, writes CRA President Sr Ruth Durick osu.

The plight of children is constantly before us these days. Often it is from a distant, bureaucratic perspective – compliance, record keeping, reporting. While these are important, we need to check ourselves that we do not lose sight of the child as an individual, as a gift. We need to check ourselves that we have not become inured to the violence which is perpetrated on the most vulnerable members of our society in so many ways and which forms a regular part of our daily news reporting. We can get caught up in the policies, protocols and political strategies of the powerful and the administrators and lose sight of the very people for whom we are here.

I was confronted by a news item recently when an agency engaged closely in the care and protection of the children of Eastern Ghouta issued a blank message – they had nothing more they could say in the face of such violence. The political and military strategists of every side have lost sight of these human beings who are daily caught in the destructive conflict. The children of war, those who survive, must escape. The children of abuse also must escape in some way. All these children must leave their childhood, their innocence, their ordinary joy in living, behind them.

Last weekend we were reminded that God loves us ‘with so much love’ (Eph. 2:4) and that the one who lives by the truth ‘comes out into the light’(Jn.3:20). Let us pray for the children of our world that this love of God might explode within the hearts of the war-makers, that they may turn with compassion towards those they are killing and damaging in so many ways; let us pray for the children who feel they are in a dark place because of abuse; for those whose childhood has been lost in the darkness; that all those who are in a position to act do so with deep compassion and that everything they do will be “done in God” (Jn 3:21).