Little ones to Him belong

Jesus loves me! This I know,

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong;

They are weak, but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

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Blessed Child Musa of Rome (May 16)

Saint Musa lived during the fifth century. She was distinguished for her pure life. St Gregory Dialogus included her story in his DIALOGUES, saying that he had heard these things from Musa’s brother Probus.

The Most Holy Theotokos once appeared to Musa in a dream, surrounded by girls dressed in white. She asked her, «Do you wish to live together with these maidens in my court?» Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Addiction and dependency on the Internet:The modern disease of e- dependence is often a deadly threat

Two articles will be presented later (reprinted from newspapers) showed the most dramatic way, the risk from excessive use of computers, which can arise not only for children but for older people, prone to addictions and dependencies .

The scourge of e-dependence

Thicken ever incidents of abuse of the Internet

Diamantis of Iphigenia

Source: Newspaper «Kathimerini». Date of publication: 02/20/1911 .

Reprinted from: http://news.kathimerini.gr/4dcgi/_w_articles_ell_1_20/02/2011_433418

Classified as «incidents of abuse of the Internet. In fact, this is normal addiction. «Subjects» of, young girls recently, an increase in the province, the last two years for the sake of social media and especially on Facebook.

Still, the damage could be prevented, because the signs are numerous and very characteristic. Approximately 40 hours spent in the network, a week, neglect of personal hygiene, missed meals, insomnia, dizziness, home confinement, social disruption and personal relationships, withdrawal from activities and obligations, etc.., Etc..

But the latest figures from the Department problematic use of the Internet Adult Rehabilitation Unit «18 ANO» the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica, the Adolescent Health Unit (SBC) of Children’s Hospitals «Aglaia Kyriakou» and the «road map» of the Center for Addiction Treatment adolescents and young people up to 24 years, show something even more disturbing. That reliance on the Internet is no longer only the most vulnerable because of age, adolescents.

The phenomenon is spreading and age, based on investigations, members of social reintegration, and seems to vary inversely with the duration of drug use and abstinence during the treatment. A recent conference held last fall, «was the theme of diexartitikotitas, namely the transition from one form of dependence on one another. We record events that cured apexartontai than heroin and start online role-playing games, such as Lineage or World of Warcraft (SS: playing games on the Internet, where players interact with each other «wear» digital clock in a virtual world ) «explains the» K «the clinical psychologist Bill Stavropoulos, director of the treatment program of» 18 up «. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Mental and Psychological Effects of Children’s Cartoons

Children have become much more interested in cartoons over many years and it has become a primary action to some lives. Typically, children begin watching cartoons on television at an early age of six months, and by the age two or three children become enthusiastic viewers. This has become a problem because too many children are watching too much television and the shows that they are watching (even if they are cartoons) have become violent and addictive. The marketing of cartoons has become overpowering in the United States and so has the subliminal messaging. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

«Radiation Disasters and Children»

Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama

Below is a news release on a policy statement to be published in the June issue of Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This policy statement is being made available online in advance of publication in Pediatrics in order to disseminate this important information in the most timely manner possible. 

For release April 3, 2003

CHICAGO – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that households within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant keep potassium iodide (KI) on hand to protect the thyroid in the event of an accidental or intentional release of radioactive iodines («radioiodines») into the environment. Schools and child care facilities within the same radius also should have immediate access to KI. It may be prudent to consider stockpiling KI within a larger radius because of more distant windborne fallout. These are among the recommendations the AAP is releasing to help prevent and minimize damage from harmful levels of radiation in its new policy statement, «Radiation Disasters and Children.»

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Children With Cancer

If you are a parent of a child with cancer, you know how frightening the diagnosis can be. We talk with an expert in the field of pediatric cancer to get answers about diagnosing and treating this disease.

Source: ΦΛΟΓΑ

Source: http://guilessnessofchildhood.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2010-01-01T00:00:00%2B02:00&updated-max=2011-01-01T00:00:00

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I ask of You God (a child’s wish)

From here on earth,

From my small place

I ask of You God

Please tell all men

In every land

What you and I

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A mother’s prayer for her children

Children's Games by Pieter Bruegel (1525-1569)

O God, Creator of all things!

Adding mercy upon mercy, Thou hast deemed me worthy of being a mother; Thy goodness hath endowed me with children so that I may say: these are Thy children! For Thou hast given them life, breathed an immortal soul into them, given them a new birth in a life that is according to Thy will, Thou hast adopted them and received them into the bosom of Thy Church.

O Lord, preserve them in Thy grace, and until the end of their lives deem them worthy of receiving the Holy Mysteries of Thy covenant.

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Should children attend church services?

by Deborah Wegh

Why do we want our children to participate in the Divine Liturgy? Other churches have nurseries, separate Sunday School classes for young children, children’s liturgies ­ why not the Orthodox? Orthodox parents bring their children to church so that they can experience God, not only intellectually as in their church school classes, but from the heart. We bring our children to the Liturgy because they are part of our family and thus part of our church community; the liturgy is the «common work» of the people of God.

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Invisible Scars

 By Dr. Stacy Becker

Stacy L. Becker, Psy. D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been an advocate of abuse victims and survivors for several years. She is particularly committed to educating and treating survivors of psychological maltreatment. Your comments are welcome by e-mailing yesican@yesican.org.

A middle-aged woman walked into my office, took a seat and asked, «Is it possible for me to have been a victim of child abuse if I was never beaten or molested? I responded, «yes» and asked why she asked. She described herself as being frequently depressed and unable to feel good about herself. She said that she felt that she did not know who she was, or what her purpose in life was. She said that her parents were good, strict parents and that, in all honesty, she had no right to feel badly about herself. «After all,» she added, «worse things have happened to other people.» Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

To Live in Wonder

Concepts create idols; only wonder grasps anything – St. Gregory of Nyssa

St. Gregory’s marvelous dictum is among a handful of things that describe what is required for the Christian life. So much of Christian history has been marked with a bifurcation – a split between those who study the faith and those who live it. It is not a necessary split – only a common one. Of course there is the larger number of Christians who do neither.

But wonder is an essential attitude of heart – without it – we will see nothing as it truly is.

The Scriptures tell us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” – which also means that other human beings should be approached with awe and wonder. We will not see them nor love them as we ought if our heart is dwelling in some other mode.

I tend to see wonder in two particular places – in children and in those of older years. My own children have always been a revelation of the world about me – a chance to see the world as though for the first time. To watch the wonder of a child beset with the jaded cynicism of our culture is surely to see one of the most crucial battles of our age. Cynicism is generally always correct, but it lacks the wonder that alone would reveal its error.

The wonder of older years has been something of a new revelation for me – if only because I barely qualify for “older years.” I will turn 57 later this year. But I have been around long enough to see my last child enter college. I have been blessed with 34 years of marriage. With those years comes an increasing sense of wonder at how things have worked together to be what they are. I am less impressed with my choices and the power to choose. Rather I am overwhelmed at the good that has come to me that I did not know to choose (and it came unbidden). Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Cry Of The Children…

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My heart…

True love is like the flame of a candle. However many candles you light from the flame, the initial flame remains unaffected. It doesn’t lessen at all. And every freshly lit candle has as much flame as the others do.

I want whoever is near me to feel that he has room to breathe, not that he is suffocated. I don’t call anyone to me. I don’t hold onto anyone. I don’t chase anyone away. Whoever wants comes, whoever wants stays, whoever wants leaves. I don’t consider anyone a supporter or a follower. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

What is an Orthodox Woman?

Being

a woman has never been an easy task, ever since God said to Eve, “In

pain you shall bring forth children” (Genesis 3:16). But up until this century, it was at least a fairly

straightforward one. Every little

girl grew up knowing exactly what was required of her in life, and learned, if

not to like it, at least to accept it.

In

the twentieth century, all this has changed.

Not that being a woman has gotten any easier, in spite of multitudes of

“labor-saving” household devices and the rather dubious advantages of

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Angel in my dreams

A loving angel came to me in dreams,

And showed me life’s not always what it seems,

And brought me to a place where sweet dreams live,

And gave to me a gift that I now give: Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Saints and the Church speak out on abortion!

The following represents the teaching of the Church from the [early] second century through to the fifth century…. Note that penalties, when they are given, are neither civil nor criminal, but ecclesiastical and pastoral (excommunication for the purpose of inducing repentance). Also note that the these quotes deal with both surgical and chemically induced abortion, both pre- and post-quickening.

All quotes are from «The Church Fathers on Social Issues», Department of youth Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America.

From the Letter to Diognetus

(speaking of what distinguishes Christians from pagans):

«They marry, as do all others; they beget children but they do not destroy their offspring» (literally ‘cast away fetuses’). Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Child Slavery in Haiti

In November 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, recognizing «that in all countries in the world, there are children living in exceptionally difficult conditions, and that such children need special consideration.» Then in May 2000, the General Assembly adopted an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

In 1990, the UN Commission on Human Rights appointed a Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography with a mandate to investigate the problem and submit reports to the General Assembly.
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A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village

A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

«Not very long.» they answered in unison.

«Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?»

The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.

«But what do you do with the rest of your time?»

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Human Predators Stalk Haiti’s Vulnerable Kids

Mia Pean’s heart sank last week when she saw the Toyota pickup truck cruising the debris-cluttered streets of Leogagne, ground zero for the earthquake that has devastated Haiti. Each time the driver saw a child – especially a young teen – he would stick his head out of the window and shout, «Manje, manje,» Creole for «eat.» Pean says she watched the hungry kids, four or five at a time, hop into the back of the pickup, which then disappeared. «I saw the same man again a few days later in Carrefour,» a poor suburb of Port-au-Prince, says Pean. «I asked him, ‘What are you doing with all those children?’ He said, ‘Don’t worry, we’re going to put them in safe homes.’ Then he drove off.»

But Pean, a Haitian-American emergency consultant for the Andrew Young Foundation, doubts that altruism is the motive of the pickup driver, and others like him, who are now prowling Haiti’s streets. The quake that has killed 150,000 people has left thousands of children orphaned, and vulnerable to being preyed upon by child traffickers and Haiti’s shameful tradition of keeping child slaves known as restaveks. «I really fear,» says Pean, «that most of the kids you see being picked up on the streets in Haiti right now are going to become restaveks or victims of sexual trafficking.» Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Be Like Children

Alexander  Schmemann Fr.

«Be like children» (Mt 18:3)–what can this mean? Is not our whole civilization focused on the task of turning children into adults, of making them as smart, as analytical, and as prosaic beings as we ourselves are? And are not all our discussions and arguments directed precisely at the adults for whom childhood is simply a time of development, of preparation, a time precisely for overcoming any childishness in oneself?

And yet, «Be like children,» says Christ, and also: «Do not hinder the children to come unto me» (Mt 19:14). And if this is said, then there is no reason to be ashamed of the unquestionable childlikeness that is connected with religion itself, and to every religious experience. It is not accidental that the first thing we see as we enter a church is the image of a child, the image of a young mother holding a child in her arms; and this is precisely what is most important in Christ–the Church is concerned with the fact that we should not forget this first and most important revelation of the divine in the world. For the same Church further affirms that Christ is God, Wisdom, Mind, Truth. But all of this is first of all revealed in the image of this child; it is precisely this revelation that is the key to everything else in religion.

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Less sleep for children may mean higher blood sugar

Young children may be more apt to have high blood sugar, a precursor to diabetes, if they average 8 hours or less of sleep a night, report Chinese and American researchers.

This risk may be even greater among obese youngsters, Dr. Zhijie Yu, at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai and colleagues note in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

Moreover, Yu said in an email to Reuters Health, shorter sleep seemed to influence blood sugar «independently of a large variety of risk factors,» such as age, gender, birth-related influences, early life feeding or later diet, recent illness, physical activity, body mass, and waist girth. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Teach the children…

Late one Christmas Eve, I sank back, tired but content, into my easy chair. The kids were in bed, the gifts were wrapped, the milk and cookies waited by the fireplace for Santa. As I sat back admiring the tree with its decorations, I couldn’t help feeling that something important was missing. It wasn’t long before the tiny twinkling tree lights lulled me to sleep.

I don’t know how long I slept, but all of a sudden I knew that I wasn’t alone. I opened my eyes, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw Santa Claus himself standing next to my Christmas tree. He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot just as the poem described him, but he was not the «jolly old elf» of Christmas legend. The man who stood before me looked sad and disappointed, and there were tears in his eyes. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Abortion and the Culture Wars: A Struggle Between Incompatible Views of Morality and Reality

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Herman T. Engelhardt*

I. Introduction: Understanding the Evil of Abortion

Abortion is a kind of murder practiced throughout the world, usually without a sense of guilt. It has become a widely-accepted medical practice supported by numerous governments and non-governmental organizations. The number of unborn children killed in their mother’s womb across the world is more than the entire population of Ireland, Greece, Hungary, Canada, Romania, Poland, or Spain. It may even be equivalent to killing the entire population of France annually.[1] Abortion has become particularly widespread in Eastern Europe, where the previous atheist-communist regimes brutally disrupted and dismantled Orthodox Christian culture and institutions.

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Message of the day

«Allow little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.»

Gospel according to St. Luke 18:16-17

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The Beginning of the School Year: Some Questions for Parents to Think About

children at church door

Summer is over, family vacations taken, new clothes and school supplies purchased, children ready to go back to school; and parents are ready for them to go! These are August traditions and part of our getting back into routine.

Accompanying our children’s education, there are some other areas with which parents need to concern themselves in relation to students’ spiritual and moral lives. Below are a few questions for personal reflection. Since we are approaching the Church New Year, perhaps some of these can be “resolutions” for our families.

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