Innocent at every age

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Several months ago, I left for a meeting one night, leaving my husband to watch our toddler and infant. When I returned home, the baby was asleep, but the toddler was still up and he ran to the door telling me about the scary show that he’d seen on television. I quickly attended to his needs and took him to bed, telling him that things on the television are just pretend and that he didn’t need to be scared.

Once he was settled, I found a rage bubbling within me. How could my husband –a person who should be protecting this child’s innocence as much as possible – do something so inappropriate? And what could I do to restore our son’s innocence?

As I thought about what to do, it suddenly became clear to me that innocence is God-given and eternal, always intact. It occurred to me that if I, as my son’s human mother, didn’t have the power to restore his innocence, then no one had the power to take away his innocence, either. Man, as God’s idea, cannot lose his innocence, because he is the constant reflection of the all-good God, and he is pure. With this healing message, the anger toward my husband started to dissolve, replaced by a trust that God—each person’s true Father-Mother—is always watching out for His children and no harm can come to them.

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