The love and gifts of children teach us so much. I look at so many pictures and colorings given to me by children and am deeply touched - not so much by the artistry (though some are very good) - but, by the love that is expressed in their works and gifts.
It is their love that makes each and every gift no matter how small or monetarily insignificant more precious than gold. It is humbling to realize how freely and naturally little children love and how adults must struggle and strain to love God. If adults could only put forth the love that children have into their gifts, offerings, and sacrifices for God.
It becomes clearer as time goes by how our offerings to God can be pleasing to Him. Nothing that we have or can offer are worth anything to God in themselves because He is and has everything; He is infinitely perfect and all that we can offer is imperfection. Just as the gifts of little children are seemingly insignificant they are made more precious than ever by the love that prompts them, so it is with God. It is the love that we have for God that prompts our offerings of gifts and sacrifices, that turns them from dross into gold. And when our gifts are devoid of this love they are unacceptable to God just as Cain's was, even if it is of the finest gold.
And so it is as I gaze upon this picture and many others from little children that I find joy and hope for mankind. These are truly more precious to me than any priceless painting in some museum.
I wish to thank all the little children who so love me, and send them my love and blessing.
+Bishop Giles OFM