The wisdom of Pablo Casals about children

Pau o Pablo Casals 1876-1973, was a Spanish cellist, conductor, pianist and composer. His father, choirmaster and the parish organist, built him his first homemade cello with a gourd. He was a child prodigy that continued perfecting his music, but he also wrote some interesting things.

Casals wrote concerning children:

"Each second we live in a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and will never be again. And what do we teach our children in school? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all of the world there is no other child exactly like you. In the millions of years that have passed there has never been another child like you... You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is like you, a marvel? You must cherish one another. You must work—we must all work—to make this world worthy of its children."

Jesus wrote in Luke 12:34 (NIV) “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

We must not tire as adults to continue working for the present and the future of our children in our world today, in spite of the difficult times we are living. May we be able to imprint in their lives how valuable they are. They are our treasures. May our hearts be open to them.

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