Preserving Innocence

Preserving Innocence

For more than 23 years, and along with raising four children of my own, I have babysat over 20 children in my home. While in my care I was responsible for tending to their physical and emotional needs, to mentor them, teach them things like how to swim, take them to the zoo, etc. As most of them are now maturing into young adults, I feel proud to have been a small part of their lives. I treasure the innocence of little children. To me, they closely resemble the splendor of God.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  -Matthew 18:1-3

It should come as no surprise then that I, as well as most of you, feel outraged over the recent Penn State scandal and the alleged acts of sex abuse of so many young boys. Their innocence was ripped away from them and, sadly, the emotional trauma will remain with them long after the physical pains have healed.

“To value his own good opinion, a child has to feel that he is a worthwhile person. He has to have confidence in himself as an individual.”  Sidonie Gruenberg

May we as individuals, and society as a whole, always be diligent in fighting to defend the beautiful qualities and characteristics of all children and act accordingly to shield them from the very people who should be protecting them and preserving their innocence. 

As we near Thanksgiving, let us be grateful for all the blessings we have, for our families and friends and, most especially, our children. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo by: Salvatore Vuono


About the Author

Sharon Lape is an editorial assistant in the periodicals department at Franciscan Media. She also researches and provides content for the popular Minute Meditations feature. Sharon is a wife and a mother of four children.
  • Duff515

    No truer words have been spoken. Society needs to reclaim values and morals which have been lacking for such a long time. Be thankful of all the good people in the world and pray for those whom have fallen.

  • Monnaleeyounger

    Good blog, Sharon! Not only has Sandusky hurt the most precious of all (children), he has brought disgrace to the whole administration of Penn State, and causing many, many people to lose their jobs and their reputation. Hopefully, after this terrible tradegy we are all more aware of what to do when our children show some sign of molestation. That would be simply call 911 and get the ball rolling. Yes, you were a great and good baby sitter and I was so proud of you in the way you interacted with the children you watched and even took them to Mass with you daily. They seemed to fit right in with your children and were at the time they were with you they actually were part of your family.

  • Kathy

    Nice job Sharon…and the place to start is in our homes with our own children….protecting them from crude and suggestive shows, movies, talk, etc….

  • Jpinotti

    My wonderful babysitter!  I was never worried for a second for the well-being of my little girl in your care.  I am so sorry for the kids who have been exploited in this scandal and their parents. They trusted that their children were being exposed to a wonderful experience with Sandusky’s program…so sad that the experience they were part of, will cause serious scars that will take a long time to heal.  I pray that they all can heal and trust again.