Thursday, December 8, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
DEVOTION to the INFANT JESUS of PRAGUE
"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.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Advent is that solemn time, immediately preceding Christmas, instituted by
the Church in order that we should, in the first place, meditate on the
Incarnation of Christ, the love, patience and humility which He has shown
us, and prove our gratitude to Him, because He came from the bosom of His
heavenly Father into this valley of tears, to redeem us; secondly, that we
may prepare ourselves by sincere repentance, fasting, prayer, alms-deeds,
and other works pleasing to God, for the coming of Christ and His birth in
our hearts, and thus participate in the graces which He has obtained for
us; finally, that He may be merciful to us, when He shall come again as
judge of the world. "Watch ye, for ye know not at what hour your Lord will
come" (Mt. 5:42). "Wherefore be you also ready; because at what hour you
know not, the Son of man will come" (Mt. 24:44).
How was Advent formerly observed?
Very differently from now. It then commenced with the Feast of St. Martin,
and was observed by the faithful like the Forty Days' Fast, with strict
penance and devotional exercises, as even now most of the religious
communities do to the present day. The Church has forbidden all turbulent
amusements, weddings, dancing and concerts, during Advent. Pope Sylverius
ordered that those who seldom receive Holy Communion should, at least, do
so on every Sunday in Advent.
How should this solemn time be spent by Christians?
They should recall, during these four weeks, the four thousand years in
which the just under the Old Law expected and desired the promised
Redeemer, think of those days of darkness in which nearly all nations were
blinded by saran and drawn into the most horrible crimes, then consider
their own sins and evil deeds and purify their souls from them by a worthy
reception of the Sacraments, so that our Lord may come with His grace to
dwell in their hearts and be merciful to them in life and in death.
Further, to awaken in the faithful the feelings of repentance so necessary
for the reception of the Savior in their hearts, the Church orders that
besides the observance of certain fast days, the altar shall be draped in
violet, that Mass shall be celebrated in violet vestments, that the organ
shall be silent and no Gloria sung. Unjust to themselves, disobedient to
the Church and ungrateful, indeed, to God are those Christians who spend
this solemn time of grace in sinful amusements without performing any good
works, with no longing for Christ's Advent into their hearts.
Taken from :
Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's
The Church's Year
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
“All who have not believed that Jesus Christ was really the Son of God are doomed. Also, all who see the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and do not believe it is really the most holy Body and Blood of the Lord . . . these also are doomed!” -Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
"The Cross of Christ," says St. John Chrysostom, "is the key of Paradise." Crux Christi clavis Paradisi. But it is necessary, says the Saint, to bear tribulations in peace. If we wish to be saved we must submit to trials. Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God (Acts xiv. 21)