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Thursday, January 12, 2017

One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it.  But to sacrifice what you are, and to live without belief; that is a fate more terrible than dying.
St. Joan of Arc

Monday, January 2, 2017


From “Divine Intimacy” by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

 This Feast complements the circumcision mystery, since it was during
the rite of circumcision that the name Jesus was given to the Child. On the
first day, the Church directed our attention to the humility of the Son of
God; today she invites us to meditate upon and celebrate the glories of His
      That these glories flow especially from His prodigious humiliations
is clearly affirmed by St. Paul : "Brethren, Christ humbled Himself,
becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the Cross. For which
cause God also hath exalted Him and hath given Him a Name which is above
all names : that at the Name of Jesus every Knee should bow" (Phil 2,
8-10). The Church, by placing on our lips this theme from today's Office,
invites us, her children, to render grateful, pious homage to Him who
humbled Himself so profoundly for us.
      The heart of every Christian, should respond to this invitation and
exalt the most Holy Name of Our Savior, that is, His very Person, for the
Name of Jesus expresses what He is : Savior, Redeemer. This sacred Name,
announced by the Angel to both Mary and Joseph, was given to Our Lord by
God Himself. "Thou shalt call His Name Jesus, for He shall save His people
from their sins" (Mt I, 21). This Name expresses and synthesizes the great
mysteries of the Incarnation and the Redemption; it is at the center of the
universe like a point of contact, like a bridge between God and all
mankind. Man can reach God only by means of Jesus and in the Name of Jesus:
"for there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved" (Ep :
Acts 4, 8-12).

Monday, December 19, 2016


“O eternal Greatness, O fathomless Bounty, You lowered Yourself to ennoble mankind! Wherever I turn, I can see nothing but the abyss and fire of Your charity”-St Catherine of Sienna

Thursday, December 8, 2016


Tuesday, December 6, 2016


"The More You Honor Me, The More I Will Bless You."

DEVOTION to the Infant Jesus of Prague is devotion to the Child Jesus. It
is veneration of the Son of God, who in the form of an infant chose a
stable for a palace, a manger for a cradle, and shepherds for worshipers.
Our Savior grants special graces to all who venerate His sacred Infancy.
The image of the Child Jesus known as the "Infant Jesus of Prague" was in
reality of Spanish origin. In the 17th century, this beautiful statue was
brought by a Spanish princess to Bohemia and presented to a Carmelite
monastery. For many years this statue has been enshrined on a side altar in
the Church of Our Lady of Victory in the city of Prague. It is of wax, and
is about nineteen inches high. It is clothed in a royal mantle, and has a
beautiful jeweled crown on its head. Its right hand is raised in blessing;
its left holds a globe signifying sovereignty.

So many graces have been received by those who invoke the Divine Child
before the original statue that it has been called "The Miraculous Infant
Jesus of Prague." We read the following in an old book printed in Kempt:
"All who approach the miraculous statue and pray there with confidence
receive assistance in danger, consolation in sorrows, aid in poverty,
comfort in anxiety, light in spiritual darkness, streams of grace in
dryness of soul, health in sickness, and hope in despair.

"No colic is so painful, no fever so violent, no malady so dangerous, no
peril so great, no tumor so malignant, no insanity so raving, no complaint
so irritating, no assault of Satan so furious, no pestilence so infectious,
no swelling so serious, as not to be dispelled or cured by this blessed
Child. The Holy Infant puts an end to enmities, frees prisoners, saves
those who are condemned to death, brings obstinate sinners to repentance
and blesses childless parents with offspring. In short, He is become all to

In thanksgiving for the numerous graces and cures received, the miraculous
statue at Prague was solemnly crowned on the Sunday after Easter, in 1655.

What is said of the original statue may be applied also to the images of
the "Little King" which are venerated everywhere, in churches and chapels,
homes and schools, monasteries and convents the world over. From small
beginnings, this devotion has grown to great proportions, so that it is
almost as universal as the Church itself.

The Divine Child attracts an ever-increasing number of clients, who appeal
to Him in every need.

-- From a publication of the Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration
-Clyde, Missouri. 31st edition, February, 1960. Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat
January 20, 1960.