Spontaneous communication from Mr. Nélo, medium
Read at the Society on January 14th, 1859
You don’t know the secret that children hide in their innocence; you
don’t know what they are or what they were or what they will be-
come. Nevertheless, you love them; you cherish them as if they were a
part of you and in such a way that the mother’s love for her children is
considered to be the greatest love that one person can devote to another.
Where does this kind affection come from, this tender benevolence that
even strangers feel towards a child?
Do you know the answer? No. This is what I will explain to you.
Children are the beings that God sends into new existences. God
gives them the looks of total innocence so that they cannot complain
of excessive severity. Even in a naturally malicious child the defects are
covered by the unconsciousness of their acts. Such innocence is not a
sign of real superiority with respect to what they were before; No: it is
the image of what they should be; and if they are not, they will be the
ones to blame.
But it was not to their benefit only that God gave them such looks.
It was also – and above all – for their parents, whose love is necessary
to their weakness, since such love would be substantially debilitated be-
fore an impertinent and intractable character, whereas by supposing that
their children are good and sweet, the parents give them all the affection,
surrounding them with the most delicate attention. However, when the
children no longer require such protection, the assistance given to them
for fifteen or twenty years, their character is then revealed in its fullest: it
remains good if they were good, but it is always patched by the nuances
that were hidden in the first infancy. Know this that God’s paths are al-
ways the best and that the explanation can be easy understood as long as
one bears a pure heart.
In fact, imagine that the spirits of the children born from you may
come from a world where completely different habits were acquired. How
would you like to have such a creature around you, with passions that
are completely different from yours, with inclinations, with tastes totally
opposed to yours? Would you like to have them joining your ranks in a
different way, different from the one that God wished, that is through the
winnow of childhood?
It is here that all thoughts, all characters, all varieties of beings come
to blend, engineered by that multitude of worlds where the creatures im-
prove. And you yourselves, after death, will face another kind of infancy,
among new brothers and sisters. In your new non-Earthly existence you
ignore the habits, the customs, culture and the relationships in this world
new to you. With difficulty you will handle a language that you are not
used to speak, a language even more lively than your current thought.
Infancy has another utility. The spirits only get into the corporeal life for
their improvement, their betterment; the weakness of childhood makes
them flexible, accessible to the advices of experience, from those in charge
of their advancement. It is in that period that their character may be re-
formed, by the repression of their bad inclinations. Such is the duty that
God has conferred the parents with, a sacred mission for which they will
Thus, childhood is not only useful; it is necessary and indispensable,
but also a natural consequence of the laws established by God, laws that
govern the Universe!
OBSERVATION: We call the readers’ attention to this remarkable
dissertation whose elevated philosophical reach is comprehensible. What
can be more beautiful, more grandiose than this solidarity that there is
among the worlds? What can be more convenient to give us an idea about
God’s majesty and benevolence? Humanity grows by such thoughts,
whereas it is diminished if reduced to the petty proportions of our tran-
sient life and to the boundaries of our world, imperceptible among other