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Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.

If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

~Dorothy Law Nolte (1924-2005)

On being child-like

Father Cris’ homily last Sunday (Jan. 16, 2011) focused on the Child Jesus and his image which shows that He is both God and truly human, as well as the characteristics of a child which should not be taken for granted when dealing with human development and parenting:

C–reative. Our creativity should enable us to find ways to become a blessing to others.

H–umble. To be great is to be humble. “If you want to feel alright, then give up the thought that you are right.”

I–nnocent. Let’s not just be innocent but be pure in spirit and become fully aware of our consciousness.

L–oving. If we want love, let’s start loving others first. When Jesus said, “Love your enemies,” he meant “Have no enemies.” We can only love if we don’t have negative emotions and thoughts.

D–ependent. We may have attained success in life or worldly occupations, yet we never stop wanting and we always try to look from the outside while the most precious treasure is in ourselves. Only, we need to do some cleaning to free love, peace, and joy that come from within – the only true Source, God, who is always in our midst. We cannot do all things without the grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

All we need is to stop being childish and be like a child.

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To Enter God’s Kingdom, You Should Be Like a Child

Children are eager. All four Gospels bear the account of people bringing their young ones before the Lord Jesus so that He might touch them. When His disciples tried to stop them, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it” (Lk 18:15-17).

Children are humble. At another time the disciples asked Jesus, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus answered, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 18:1-4).

Fetal Growth & Development

Fetal Growth & Development: How Your Baby Grows

It is truly an amazing transformation. From a tiny fertilized egg (no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence) to a 7- 8 lb complete human being in a mere 280 days from the last menstrual period (approx 265 days from conception). There is no comparable miracle in all of nature. Below is a month by month guide to fetal growth and development.

Month 1 (0-6 weeks)


Following conception, the cells divide rapidly and begin to form primitive organs (spinal cord, heart, etc). The embryo is 1/4 inch in length by 4 weeks (10,000 times larger than at conception). The heart begins to beat. The placenta begins to grow and makes a hormone (HcG) that is used to diagnose pregnancy.


Month 2 (6-10 weeks)


The embryo is now 1 1/8 inch by 8 weeks. The heart is beating and functioning. The eyes, nose, and teeth buds are formed and the embryo starts to move it’s arms and legs. Organs (spinal cord, stomach, liver, kidneys, etc) are quickly developing in structure. An ultrasound performed at this time can see the embryo.

Month 3 (10-14 weeks)


The fetus is 2 1/2 to 3 inches long and weighs 1/2 to 1 oz. The hands, arms, legs, and toes are fully developed. Most organs have completed structural development but not all are functioning yet. Fetal movement can be seen on ultrasound (although not detected by the mother).


Month 4 (14-18 weeks)


The fetus is now 6-7 inches long and weighs 7 oz. The fingers and toes become more defined. The gender of the fetus can be clearly seen. The fetus exhibits reflex activity such as swallowing and the kidneys begin to make urine. The skin is thin and transparent.


Month 5 (19- 23 weeks)


The fetus has grown to 8-10 inches and now weighs 3/4 to 1 lb. Fetal hair begins to grow (including eyebrows and eyelashes) and fetal movement (“twitches”) may be felt by the mother. The organs continue to mature functionally but are still immature. Babies born at this time have a poor chance of survival.

Month 6 (24-28 weeks)


The fetus is now 12- 14 inches long and weighs 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. If born during this period, he/she has increasing chance for survival. Fetal hiccupping begins. Eye movement (opening and closing) begins. Babies can be seen on ultrasound sucking their thumbs.


Month 7 (28-32 weeks)


The fetus is now 14-17 inches long and weighs 2-3 1/2 lbs. The skin becomes less transparent as fat deposits develop under the skin and in other areas. Brain tissue is forming rapidly. He/She may respond to loud noises. Organs are almost fully mature except for the lungs. Cycles of sleep and wakefulness become more noticeable.


Month 8 (32-36 weeks)


The fetus has grown to 17-19 inches long and now weighs 3 1/2-6 lbs. This is the most rapid period of body growth. Hair follicles develop. If born, baby has excellent chance of survival. He/She begins to move down into the pelvis in preparation for birth.


Month 9 (36-40 weeks)


The fetus is now fully developed. He/She is 19-22 inches long and weighs 6-8 lbs. The lungs become mature and all organs are completely functioning. The head is deep into the pelvis, and false labor is common.

The signal that begins labor is still not fully understood. It is clear that the fetus “signals” the uterus through production of hormones and proteins. Under the influence of these products, contractions begin and the long and miraculous journey from those few cells to your healthy newborn baby is completed.



Source: http://www.expectantmothersguide.com/library/connecticut/ECTfetal.htm