Last week I finally got the answer to a question I’d pondered since November, 2009: Who started the devotion to the Child Jesus in pink?
Working on the last post, I thought back to the three times I’ve seen Jesus in pink: At Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hebbronville; on the Child Jesus chaplet that Sister sent from the Flower of Carmel monastery in Australia; and, recently, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Robstown, respectively.
Child Jesus devotee
In 1914, Father John Rizzo, an Italian Salesian assigned to Bogotá, Colombia, was told to collect money with which to build a church. Having had no success since the townspeople were very poor, he prayed for the Blessed Mother’s intercession. Yet, not until Father Rizzo asked the Child Jesus for help did the church become a reality.
In 1935, Father Rizzo was reassigned to another impoverished community where he continued his devotion to the Holy Infant. Only this time he chose a very special visual aid to use in his teachings and devotions— an antique statue of the Child Jesus from the shop of a local Italian artist— and, again, a church was built with a chapel within to honor the holy infant.
Thanks to Father Rizzo, devotion to the Child Jesus grew. Miracles abounded, and the church soon became too small for the large numbers attending Mass.
Although Father Rizzo died in 1957, long before the new sanctuary was completed in 1992, the statue he purchased decades earlier continues to grace Bogotá and inspire devotion to the Divine Child.
This beautiful statue of Jesus as a child, dressed in a pink tunic, with his arms wide open to receive us, and his innocent and loving smile is probably one of the most dear representations of our Lord’s infancy; it invokes in us a desire to embrace him and entrust all our cares into his loving arms (Padre Steve, 2008).
Prayer of Venerable Father Cyril
O Infant Jesus, I run to you, begging you through your Holy Mother to save me in this need (name it), for I truly and firmly believe that your divinity can defend me.
Full of trust I hope in you to obtain your holy grace.
I love you with all my heart.
I am painfully sorry for my sins; and, on my knees, I beg you,
O Little Jesus, to free me from them.
My resolution is to improve and never more to offend you. Therefore, I offer myself to you, ready to suffer everything for you and to serve you faithfully.
I will love my neighbor as myself from my heart for the love of you.
O Little Jesus, I adore you.
O Mighty Child, I implore you. Save me in this need… that I may enjoy you eternally, with Mary and Joseph see you, and with all the angels adore you.
The book with this prayer is displayed in front of the Infant Jesus of Prague at Our Lady Victorious Church in Prague, Czech Republic. There are more than one-hundred language translations of this prayer in the book.
June 10, 2014
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and, just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves (St. Francis de Sales).
June 18, 2015
“God always gives a greater blessing to humble beginnings than to those that start with a chiming of bells” (St. Vincent de Paul).
Links of interest… Child Jesus: devotion / infancy & childhood / meditations / miracles (books) / photos / questions & answers / reverence / solemnity… Divine Child: about / devotion… Holy Infant of Prague: about / artifacts / chaplet / church / feast / history / league / novena / of good health (more) / petitions / prayer (more) / prayerbook… Santo Niño de Atocha: about / chapel / history / miracles / origin / prayers / story (more)… Santo Niño de Cebú: basilica / feast (more) / history / novena / origin / perpetual novena / song (YouTube)… Shrine of Christ the King rises like the phoenix in Chicago… St. Francis de Sales: Introduction to the devout life…
WP links… Angels keeping watch… Budding relationships… Christmas year ’round… Connected tangents… Faith and prayer… Oh, happy day!… On being Christian… Promise of hope… Santo Niño… Sweet Jesus… Venerable Margaret