Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 5 December

CAFOD Gift of Play World Gift

The Gift of Play can help children like Diego to reach their full potential

I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.

Luke 10:21-24

Jesus is filled with joy. It pleases him to see that the Father reveals the good news to little children.

In our first reading, we are reminded of God’s special love and protection for children. We read, “The infant plays over the cobra’s hole; into the viper’s lair the young child puts his hand. They do not hurt, no harm, on all my holy mountain” (Isaiah 11:1-10).

It’s beautiful to see children living peacefully. I imagine Jesus looking upon little ones lovingly, sharing in their joy.

Diego is ten years old, and lives with his family in El Salvador. He has a happy home, but his neighbourhood is torn by poverty and gang violence.

"Sometimes there are shootouts and you can't go out,” Diego says. “You can't be in the street at night time because it's dangerous."    

Thankfully, Diego has a safe place to go. Every Saturday, he takes part in a peace-building project run by our partners, the Sisters of Saint Clare. This is a vital opportunity to make new friends, play music, and dance.

Diego loves to play drums. He says, “I feel happy and energetic when I’m playing. I’ve been learning different rhythms. My family are happy because they can see that by doing this, I’m not getting into trouble. And my mum and dad can see I have a bit of talent.” 

Thanks to your generosity, Diego is flourishing in the light of peace.

Advent prayer

God of peace, bless all your children throughout the earth. May your Holy Spirit shine upon them, so they may learn to play, laugh, and love again. Amen.


If you are able to, please buy the Gift of play from our World Gifts range to help children like Diego reach their potential. This would make a wonderful Christmas present for little ones!

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