April 2018 – Prayers for Children. Let us pray, bless, think positively of the children of the world especially on April 12 – World Day for Street Children. On this International Day, we hear the children speak for their rights and identity. These children are the garbage pickers of Brazil, the children living in the sewers of Russia, the beggars of India, the restavecs of Haiti. It includes the children hiding under bridges, sleeping in any shelter possible. These children are found in every country. This is due to familial abuse, poverty, death, war, natural disasters etc. Many live their lives in labor, servitude, prostitution begging, and worse….We remember these children as Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote: “The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own home to remedy this kind of poverty.”

Donna Noble Gibson, Holy Family Church, South Pasadena, CA

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