Monday, March 27, 2006
It was a warm summer day when Uncle John visited Jean and Juan at their home in the city. At breakfast, Uncle John asked the kids to join him for a day at the zoo. The children were so happy, their faces were beaming! “The zoo, I love the zoo!” shouted Juan as he danced around the kitchen.
Jean jumped up in the air singing for joy. She said, “Thanks Uncle John, I promise to be good and do everything you ask of me.” Jean’s smile was from ear to ear.
Uncle John and the children were off to the bus stop to get the bus that would take them to the zoo.
The zoo was crowded with lots of people. There were so many colors, sounds and smells. The zoo was really exciting and the children were having a great time. They watched the monkeys swing from tree to tree. They watched the dolphins jump through the water making large splashes. They saw the mighty lion roar and then they saw slimy snakes.
When they saw the bald eagles that Jean had a question. “This sign says that bald eagles are endangered. What does endangered mean?”
Uncle John said, “Jean many of the bald eagles have died and have not had new baby eaglets to replace them. So, we are in danger of losing them from our planet if we do not care for them.”
“That is sad, how did it happen?” asked Jean.
“Many eagles have lost their nests to the construction of homes and businesses by humans. The trees were cut and the nesting areas were lost. The good news is that we have started to protect them and there had been a slow increase in their birth rate and maybe someday they will be able to fly freely again.”
While they were talking, Juan noticed another sign about bald eagles. “This sign said, most bald eagles ‘mate for life.’ What does ‘mate for life’ mean, Uncle John?”
“Well Juan it means that bald eagles chose one husband or wife and they never have another for their entire life. Men and women should have only one spouse for their entire life. In fact, God gave us the 6th Commandment--Thou shall not commit adultery, as a rule to insure that we only love one husband or wife.”
“What does adultery mean, Uncle John?” both children asked at the same time.
“It means that God wants us to be totally in love with our spouses, so much in love that we would never even want to love another man or woman. If a married person does give their love to another man or woman it is a violation of God’s law, which is called adultery. Adultery breaks the trust married couples have for one other. They do not feel as if they are ‘one’ any more and God wants all married couples to be ‘one.’” Uncle John explained.
“Being married is grace from God and God gives married couples great gifts. The best gift of all is the gift of life. God wants all married couples to have loving and polite children like you” said Uncle John with a great big smile.
“Now, let’s go home and have supper with your wonderful parents who love both God and you both very much” said Uncle John.
God wants good things for everybody. When your heart is full of good things, your smile will burn brightly and everybody around you will know it! What is on the inside affects the outside! Be loyal to your family and you will fly like the eagle.
Chelsea and Carliagni were with their parents on a summer holiday at a beautiful tropical island in the Caribbean. The sea water was as blue as the sky on a clear day and warm and refreshing. The white sand was perfect for making sandcastles and running. Chelsea and Carliagni were on the beach making sandcastles after spending the past hour playing in the water. They were having a great time!
Suddenly two unfamiliar boys came running by their blanket making a lot of noise.
"Bang, bang" said the older boy with his thumb in the air and his index finger pointing forward in the shape of a gun. The younger boy rolled around in the sand and said "Bang!" to the older boy using his hand in the very same way.
These boys were loud and snorted while they were pretending to shoot one another. The older boy dropped down on the sand, pretending to be dead while the other boy acted like a great champion. Then they both laughed and ran away.
After seeing this, the girls made guns out of their fingers imitating the other boys. "Bang bang!"
At that very moment, their mother said, "Please stop doing that immediately!"
Startled, Chelsea said, "Mom, we were just playing and our friends play this way all of the time at school."
Mom asked the girls to come to the beach chairs, it was time for a little chat. They needed to explain God's plan for respecting human life and for honoring the dignity of all persons.
Dad said, "Many years ago, God gave commandments to Moses, the fifth one said that we should not kill." So, we must not hurt or harm anyone, but help them and be a friend.”
"Oh come on, we were not killing anyone, we were just playing" said Carliagni .
Dad said, "Of course, you were not killing but you were pretending to kill. That is not a fun game to play. You were playing something that is wrong."
Mom then said, "Life is so special, I remember the days you were both born and I held you in my arms." Mom sighed and said further, "Oh, all the dreams and wishes I have for you. I could not imagine you being killed. Or you being someone who would pretend to take that dream away from another mother by killing their child."
Dad said, "If you are going to have fun, play games that make life special. Take part in sports, make each other laugh, run and play. These all are ways to enjoy life."
Mom said, "Girls, killing is against God's law. God wants you to obey the laws so you can benefit from God's love for you. God loves you more than you can imagine. God also has wishes and hoped and dreams for you! Being a person who respects life is a person who can enjoy all of the people God has made and most of all, it allows you to be truly happy."
"Wow! We are sorry” the girls said.
Mom and Dad just hugged one another and were proud that their children did not choose to make killing a game.
Many children play games that shoot and kill. Every life is precious and we should not do anything to cause harm to anyone. God wants you to be special. Don’t play any killing games instead play games that will make your life and the life of others special.