"But it occurred to me what Jesus said about the spontaneity and freedom of children, when this child had the freedom to approach and move around as if he were at home…"
On Wednesday, during the general audience, a 10-year-old boy with a disability climbed the stairs of the Paul VI room to shake hands with Pope Francis. The Sovereign Pontiff greatly appreciated his attitude, in which he recognized “the courage and the freedom of the little ones to draw near to the Lord”.
Some images of the general audience this morning, marked by the unexpected irruption of a disabled child who came to kiss @ Pontifex_fr, very amused and touched by his courage!
- Vatican News (@vaticannews_fr) October 20, 2021
Coming to Rome with his family, little Paolo, suffering from cognitive retardation, was able to exchange a few words with Pope Francis, who greeted him affectionately before offering to sit in the place of the Regent of the House. papal, Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza.
Very comfortable during this general audience, young Paolo takes the regent by the hand, leads him to the Pope, and asks for his skullcap. And it is with a white cap and under the amused looks of the Pope as well as of the assistance that the young boy finally found his family.
The Pope thanked “this child for the lesson he has given us all”.
“In these days we speak of the freedom of faith, listening to the Letter to the Galatians. But it occurred to me what Jesus said about the spontaneity and freedom of children, when this child had the freedom to approach and move around as if he were at home… Jesus tells us: 'You too, if you do not become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The courage to draw near to the Lord, to be open to the Lord, not to be afraid of the Lord: I thank this child for the lesson he has given to all of us. And may the Lord help him in his limitation, in his growth because he gave this testimony which came from his heart. "
source: Vatican News
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