Do you agree that calling children ‘kids’ is disrespectful to them?
This slang expression crept into our vocabulary in the 1950s, and is now regularly used to refer to young people.
The use of this term is a reminder of the disrespect that has been shown to children throughout history.
During Biblical times, children were considered little more than possessions of their fathers by the Romans.
Jesus elevated the status of children by choosing to enter the world as a baby; he choose to experience childhood. When mothers brought their children to see him, he welcomed them, and he explained that one needs to accept God’s Kingdom as a little child, in order to enter it. The message of Christianity is not complicated.
(Mark 10: 13-16)
In the mid 19th Century , western society began to take responsibility to protect children from abuse, and child protection agencies were founded.
Child labour, and child marriage still occur in some parts of the world, and our efforts to protect and cherish children are ongoing.
Children need and deserve our prayers, our help, and our support.
May God grant us the grace to respect all children. We can do this by not referring to them as ‘kids’
Orthorexia is a term coined by American physician Dr. Stephen Bratman in the 1990s. It describes an unhealthy fixation with eating only ‘healthy’ foods. It is not to be confused with anorexia, an eating disorder focused on severe caloric restriction.
‘Orthos’ is the Greek word for right.
The condition begins as individuals focus on improving their diets for the sake of their well-being. This, of course is an excellent goal.
It becomes problematic, however; when people become obsessed with eating only ‘pure’ foods. People will avoid foods suspected of containing pesticides and additives, or other ingredients such as salt, fat, and refined sugar.
Often, people with orthorexia will eliminate certain food groups completely, thinking that they are not ‘pure’ enough.
Orthorexia is linked to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In some cases, people can develop nutritional deficiencies , weight loss and weakness.
Social isolation can also result, as individuals may avoid dining with others for fear of being exposed to unhealthy foods.
Orthorexia suffers may become judgemental, and look down on people who eat less healthy foods. (Mac ‘n Cheese, anyone? )
God has created an abundance of foods for our enjoyment.
Let us pray for the grace to be prudent about our diets without developing ‘food fear’.
It is warmer now in our tiny town, and I am able to resume my morning habit of walking around to pray for my neighbours.
I don’t tell them that I am praying for their individual needs, because they would find it strange that I would choose to pray for them when I may not know them very well.
That, however, is the nature of intercessory prayer. It is prayer offered on behalf of others.
I pass a house in the traditional style called : ‘Cat’s Ears’.
Many of our houses are built like this, with twin peaks that resemble cats’ ears.
I know that a young woman is living there with a baby. Her husband is hospitalized. I wish I could drop by with some food, and some supplies for the baby, but then I remember that we are in the time of ‘these days’ and dropping by is not allowed.
And so I pray, and I continue on , past the house where another young woman lives with her parents and her two young children. Her boyfriend left her when her youngest child was born, and her parents offered to have her move home.
Time passes quickly on a prayer walk.
Perhaps you are a prayer intercessor too. We are in good company. We know that Jesus sits at the right hand of God, and intercedes for all of us.