"Do not yield to discouragement in the face of difficulties and do not abandon yourselves to false solutions which often seem the easiest way to overcome problems. Do not be afraid to make a commitment, to face hard work and sacrifice, to choose the paths that demand fidelity and constancy, humility and dedication. Be confident in your youth and its profound desires for happiness, truth, beauty and genuine love! Live fully this time in your life so rich and so full of enthusiasm."
"Let us look with greater hope to the future; let us encourage one another on our journey."
~ Papa Benedict XVI

Monday, June 22

A Rose by Any Other Name.....

The other day our little Butterfly was lamenting the fact she did not have a treasure box.  Her big sister has 3, and why does she not have one of her own.

We talked about M's boxes.  They are 3 very different containers, but all have one thing in common... they all have lids.  The clear one has a lock, as does the blue one that is large enough to hold only the sea shell.  The third one is all bright colors and sparkly decorations.  They are all 3 very different, and yet they are the same.  They hold treasures.

We all are like those boxes.  We are all very different, though in some ways similar.  We all hold a treasure, and gifts.  Life is so precious, and the gifts and talents we each have are truly gifts. Do you share them?  Or do you hide them away?

I asked Cat where she keeps her treasures.  She replied "in a box in my drawer."  So you do have a treasure box!  "no," she says sadly "... that's my messy box. It has no lid."

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