Suffer the children.
Talking really, really loud.
Screaming and yelling, perhaps just to listen to their own echo in the towering space.
At Mass, the gentleman behind me commented to his wife that kids like that should be removed from church. He was rather irritated.
All I could think about was the children raped and murdered by ISIS and perverts. Children abused by cold hearted men. My imagination was flooded with images of dissected infant body parts. I wondered how a baby must scream with pain as it's tiny, beating heart is removed. I couldn't stop thinking of how countless little children suffer from the horror of terrorism, abortion, infanticide, sexual abuse and murder. I was happy the babies and toddlers were at Mass - I was grateful for them - for making me aware of their presence. I pray for them. I was consoled knowing their parents love them so much and keep them so close and safe, throughout Mass.
Never despise the little ones.
Never wish them away.
They are unsettled at Mass to remind us of the Lamb sacrificed ... to remind us of the little ones who are silenced and slaughtered - no one wants to hear their cries either.
They have no one to mourn for them, no one to cry out for them, no one to defend them.
Start hearing, start listening. Let their cries pierce your heart.
Start seeing the little ones.
Do not despise them.
Addressing parents whose children had been baptized in the last year, Pope Francis said “…children cry, they are noisy, they don’t stop moving. But it really irritates me when I see a child crying in church and someone says they must go out. God’s voice is in a child’s tears: they must never be kicked out of church.” - CNA