Bearing one’s crosses


It’s been a little more than two months since my last post and, while things have been different, it’s not surprising that things have also remained the same.

Opportunity knocking

Ruthie and Bill came by for dinner yesterday— perfect for Ruthie’s lessons on Yahoo mail and navigating both the church blog and this one.  She’s one very quick study— “a sponge,” I call her.

Our visit also allowed us quality time together, so I could learn more about her.

Revisiting St. Simon

In talking about health issues, which we all seem to have these days, I immediately remembered “revisiting St. Simon;” so I clicked on the link.

On seeing the photo of Most Precious Blood Church, Ruthie’s face lit up.

“I know the church!” she exclaimed before adding that they’d attended a funeral there “just last week.”

We viewed the photo files of the St. Jude Shrine after which I clicked on the stone pocket-cross prayer.

“You see the cross in the photo?  It’s this one here,” I said, reaching across the desk.

I handed Ruthie the brown-black stone cross that David gave me last year, since I keep it here by my computer all the time.


Bearing one’s crosses

“It’s really difficult to bear one’s crosses,” Ruthie softly sighed.

I nodded smilingly in agreement.  “Which is why, when I’m facing something truly insurmountable, I reach for the little stone cross, hold it, rub it, and reflect on its relevance in my life.”

Ruthie held the small stone cross, rubbing it gently as if etching a memory of its smoothness in her small hands.

“How could David have known that I’d need this very personal reminder to carry me through the tough times?” I wondered out loud.  “He couldn’t even come up with a reason for giving it to me other than he sensed that I needed it— or would need it— somehow.”

As we continued reading, Ruthie sat on the edge of her seat, wholely engrossed in the text’s message.

“So you see how simple it is?” I asked when I thought she’d finished reading.  “All you have to do is revisit St. Simon’s post to connect with the small stone cross and reread the prayer.”

Ruthie smiled.  “Simon was my father’s name.  I never knew anything about St. Simon until now.”

I smiled, too, because just then Ruthie had made a personal connection that would help her remember that she’s not alone when she’s afraid.

Where two or more are gathered

It’s always so much easier to bear one’s cross when we have something to hold onto: A memory; a special memento; the knowledge that someone’s with us through the tough times, maybe not in person but in one’s heart.

When I go through my rough moments, I come here to my thoughtful spot where I can gaze at the Holy Infant’s picture above my workspace.  I hold the small stone cross tightly, pressing my concerns and all my feelings into its surface as I dialogue with the Infant.

???????????????????????????????Forgive me, sweet Jesus.  I’m having a tough time bearing my cross right now.  I know you love me.  I know you’re with me.  I’m with you.  Please know that this, too, will pass.  Thank you, Jesus.  Praise you, Jesus.  I’ll get through this somehow.

I think about Sister in Australia.  I think about the cathedral back home.  I think about my friends— Paty, Rose, Pat, Cammie, and others— who, like Ruthie, have shared their crosses with me.  Most of all I recall the Child Jesus chaplet prayer.

Divine Infant Jesus, I adore your cross.  And I accept all the crosses you will be pleased to send me. 

At that moment I sense that my mind, heart, and soul have penetrated the small stone cross to its core.  I’m infused with warmth.  I’m empowered all over again.

One cross overcome

This morning after nine o’clock Mass, I had a most joyful surprise.  Not only did I see Ruthie and Bill, but I was also heartfully greeted by Rose whom I’d last seen before her recent throat surgery.

Rose’s beautiful blue eyes were barely visible as her smiles practically swallowed them up.  She was sooo happy that everything she said ended in exclamation points.

“I’m healed!  The cancer is all gone!  I’m perfectly healed!  I’ve been praying my Child Jesus chaplet every single day, and Sister has been sooo wonderfully supportive!”

We hugged each other so tightly that I thought my right shoulder would crush her throat!  We rejoiced at her glorious news!

As I took photos of Steven with our friends, Rose shared her story with Ruthie, whom she’d just met.

“God is so amazingly awesome, isn’t he?” I enthused rhetorically.

Somehow or another we always get past our tough times and we find that we’ve been able to bear our crosses so much better with a little help from our friends— even when they’re with us only in spirit— because friends are, after all, God’s gift to us when we need him most.

Prayers from Retreat Booklet (Franciscan Mission Associates, B-20)

For a good life…  You are the protector, O God, of all who trust in you.  Without you nothing is right or holy.  Shower your mercy upon us.  With you as our leader and guide may we use the good things of life without losing those that will last forever.  This favor we ask through Jesus Christ, your son and our lord.  Amen.

For abundant blessings…  You are all powerful, O God, and your mercies last forever.  They exceed not only what we deserve, but even our highest hopes.  Pour down your graces on us, forgive the sins that haunt our conscience, and even grant us the favors we dare not presume to ask.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, we implore you.  Amen.

For true happiness…  It is you, O God, who makes your faithful people of one mind and heart.  Give us, then, the grace to love your commands and to desire your promises.  Amid the allurements of life let our hearts ever be fixed on the true source of our joy.  Through your son, Jesus Christ, our lord, we ask this blessing.  Amen.

May 13, 2011

Father Robert, OP shared his thoughts on worry, anxiety, and serenity.

“When your heart has fallen, raise it gently, humbling yourself greatly before God and acknowledging your limitations.  Do not undertake your affairs with disquietude, anxiety, and worry.  Do not hurry and excite yourself… for this hinders reason and judgment and prevents us from doing well the very thing about which we are excited.  Commend yourself to God and soften and moderate your concerns with reason” (St. Francis de Sales, 1567-1622).

One of the greatest treasures you can have is inner calm and peace.  Complete serenity of mind is a gift from God; but this inner quiet is not without our own intense effort.  God will not give you this unless you work with all your strength to obtain it.  Do not confuse serenity with being lazy or careless [or] with putting off decisions.  You must be diligent and decide you can deal with your problems.  Therefore, you need to get control of your mind and feelings and identify the specific causes of uneasiness.  Then, with God’s help and [with] prayer, take one step at a time.

November 12, 2011

“Let us bear our cross and leave it to God to determine the length and the weight”
(St. Rose Philippine Duchesne).

July 20, 2014

“When the afflictions of this life overcome us, let us encourage ourselves to bear them patiently by the hope of heaven” (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

September 14, 2014

From here on earth love cannot live without suffering.  It is through loving the cross that we discover his heart, for divine love never lives without suffering (St. Bernadette Soubirous).

November 24, 2014

“The greatness of our love of God must be tested by the desire we have of suffering for his sake” (St. Philip Neri).

December 18, 2014

“If there be a true way that leads to the everlasting kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering patiently endured” (St. Colette).

March 10, 2015

“In all trials I will say always, ‘Lord, your will be done’” (St. Gerard Majella).

March 26, 2015

“Detachment is the secret of perseverance” (St. Sebastian Valfre).

March 30, 2015

“Follow after Christ and carry your cross for your salvation as Christ carried his cross for your salvation” (St. Anthony of Padua).

March 31, 2015

“Bear the cross and do not make the cross bear you” (St. Philip Neri).

April 17, 2015

Pray that we remember that the crosses we are given are not too heavy.  And when we carry our cross we carry it towards Christ (Matthew Archbold).

May 27, 2015

I will not live an instant that I do not live in love.  Whoever loves does all things without suffering, or, suffering, loves his suffering (St. Augustine of Canterbury).

“Who, then, can be so shameful as to desire to enter into the kingdom of Christ with ease, when he himself did not enter into his own kingdom without pain?” (St. Thomas More).

May 29, 2015

“For pity’s sake, don’t start meeting troubles halfway” (St. Teresa of Avila).

June 1, 2015

There is nothing which we more earnestly desire than to endure torments for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, for this is what will provide our happiness and give us confidence at his bar where all men must appear to be judged (St. Justin).

June 8, 2015

You must constantly carry the cross which he lays on you, be it interior or exterior, without growing weary or complaining of its length or weight.  Does it not suffice that it has been given you by the hands of a friend whose all-loving heart has destined it for you from all eternity? (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque).

June 5, 2015

What we ourselves cannot bear let us bear with the help of Christ.  For he is all-powerful, and he tells us: “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light”
(St. Boniface).

July 12, 2015

“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent” (St. John of the Cross).

September 28, 2015

“God sends us trials and afflictions to exercise us in patience and teach us sympathy with the sorrows of others” (St. Vincent de Paul).

May 26, 2016

“Men are generally the carpenters of their own crosses” (St. Philip Neri).

June 30, 2016

Suffering overwhelms you because you take it like a coward.  Meet it bravely, with a Christian spirit, and you will esteem it like a treasure
(St. Josemaría Escrivá).

November 15, 2016

“It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man and man to God” (St. Albert the Great).

December 10, 2016

“Nature easily complains of want and of trouble, but grace bears poverty with constancy” (Thomas à Kempis in The Imitation of Christ).

January 30, 2017

In the same way that a powerful medicine cures an illness, so illness itself is a medicine to cure passion.  And there is much profit of soul in bearing illness quietly and giving thanks to God (St. Amma Syncletica).

March 1, 2017

Why must we suffer?  Because, here below, pure love cannot exist without suffering.  O Jesus, Jesus, I no longer feel my cross when I think of yours (St. Bernadette Soubirous).

April 5, 2017

In Christ, all of life has meaning now.  We have the opportunity to participate in the redemption of the world by offering up our suffering in union with Christ, and there is a treasure trove of meaning for us to uncover! (Jeff Cavins in When You Suffer).

April 24, 2017

The support of friends, especially in times of crisis, is vital to helping us through the emotions that flood and fuel our hearts.  They will help us see clearly enough to move through mourning, provide lighter moments, too, especially if we might seem to teeter on the edge of truly losing hope.  They will be the personification of God’s unconditional love and help us find even greater spiritual depth (Maureen Pratt in Don’t Panic: How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough).

April 26, 2017

We are entangled and bound up together not as in a net in which we are trapped, but in a network through which we are nourished and find our health.  It is humility that teaches us the good of this entanglement while pride tries to escape our embeddedness, mostly by ignoring it and sometimes by violently wrestling free (Wendell Berry and the Given Life).

June 6, 2017

“Walk beside me and be my friend” (Albert Camus).

June 21, 2017

Jesus is the answer to all our questions, no matter what our age or state of life.  He offers solace to those aching for relief.  He offers truth to young people who are searching for deeper meaning and security.  He restores the dignity and moral center of those who are looking for life and see only death.

To each of these weary souls, Jesus says: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest… learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28–29; Anne Costa in Healing Promises: The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart).

July 13, 2017

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that has found one has found a treasure” (Sirach 6:14).

August 4, 2017

You must accept your cross.  If you carry it courageously, it will carry you to heaven (St. John Vianney).

October 6, 2017

Illnesses are simply a challenge, a kind of a journey.  They are journeys we do not choose; we simply become their participants.  Complaining that you are on a different ship than you would like does not make sense.  After all, we have already sailed to sea; there is no way to change ships” (Ania and Karol in “Henry lived one year” by Marta Brzezińska-Waleszczyk).

March 31, 2018

“If you rightly bear your cross, it will bear you” (Thomas à Kempis).

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Crosses to share, crosses to keep (Gifts: Jim Moreno, 2015)


Grounds at the Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House – Lake Dallas, TX

Links of interest…  Avoiding envy & learning acceptance in suffering…  Bearing the cross / one’s crosses…  Being a companion through the mystery of suffering…  Can suffering be a gift from God…  Cross that we bear…  Crucifixes & crosses…  Deepen your prayer life through exclamations…  Falling for God: When crosses become ladders…  Final hours of Jacques Fesch…  Finding hope in the trials of life…  God comes to you in your lowliness / decided to visit me today…  How to endure suffering / your physical health can be traced back to emotional traumas…  Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House (aboutfacebook)…  Other people’s blessings…  Pain beneath the cross…  Sanctifying suffering in union with Christ…  Secret of avoiding bitterness in suffering…  St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross: Edith Stein teaches us to embrace the cross…  St. Francis de Sales: about / Introduction to the devout life (ebook)…  Stories in stone…  Suffering for love? I would prefer not to / with the distressed…  Task of love: Carrying the cross…  True friendship: How Christian companionship helps us become holier…  Upset & turned upside down…  What is your cross made of…  What’s so special about friendship…  When God doesn’t answer / life disappoints you…  Wisdom about suffering from St. Paul & St. Frances de Sales…  Yes, you can “inherit” the trauma your ancestors experienced

WP posts…  Backtracking…  Connected tangents…  Forever grateful…  Growing pains…  October novena…  One prayer…  Prayerful ways…  Repeated prayers…  Revisiting St. Simon…  Sweet Jesus…  St. Anthony Claret…  St. Jude novena…  St. Jude shrine (Chicago)…  St. Jude shrine (Corpus Christi)…  Unexpected detours…  Vattmann church…  Venerable Margaret

Connected tangents

Wishful surprises.  That’s what I received in Wednesday afternoon’s mail this week.

In the nick of time

I’m reminded of the opening scene from It’s a Wonderful Life during which lots of prayers are being offered up to God on behalf of one man before Clarence, a simple though caring angel, appears to George Bailey in the nick of time. 

God does listen after all, doesn’t he?


Sister’s parcel was a breath of fresh air: invigorating, full of promise, filled with prayers of love and support, received in the nick of time, just as I’d lost hope a couple of days before.

I was immediately overcome with emotion even though Sister had emailed almost three weeks earlier that a parcel would be arriving through Maria in Seattle.  My heart was pounding; my gratefulness, over the moon. 

God still believes, even when I give up.  He knows my saturation point; so he distracts me, amuses me, consoles me, and shares other kinds of information through well-placed messengers along my path in life. 

God eases my burden with his lovely treasures, that I may have light through the darkness.  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Proverbs 119:105).

Dashed hopes

Thanks to a text message received Monday afternoon, our hopes for a long-awaited visit from the grandkids once again evaporated.  My heart hardened as I told Steven that I was throwing in the towel. 

Not having a mountain from which I could go scream to let out my frustration and disappointment, I had a heart-to-heart with God.  “I succumb to your will.  Give me the family you want me to have, not the family I pine for.” 

Having resolved to wait patiently for God’s response, I felt at peace and immersed myself in cleaning house.

I also looked forward to Tuesday evening, since our dear friend Sam had invited us to Father Frank’s talk on prayer at St. Paul’s.

Special visit

Although we hadn’t been to St. Paul’s in about two years, our quiet drive there felt like the many trips we’d made for Mass, meetings, and so much more as parishioners.

On arriving, we walked to the adoration chapel, entered, then exited, taking a chance on the church being open early for that evening’s vigil Mass.

We peeked through the windows and saw movement within. 

“Oh, my gosh!” I enthused smilingly. 

Stepping into the foyer, I was enveloped by the heartwarming memories of times past.  I looked around wordlessly with reverent excitement. 

“Are you going to visit with the Infant?” Steven asked, bringing me back to the present. 

I’d been so glad to be there that I’d momentarily forgotten all about him. 



Thanks to Sam’s invitation, the Infant had beckoned me home for a visit.  Moreover, brief as our time in church may have been that evening, the Infant tenderly energized my spirit the way he did our first time there early in 2006.

What a joyful reunion we had! 

Nevertheless, we left church somewhat disappointed at not having seen our friends, Junebug and Gary, at the meeting that evening.


On our way home, we stopped for groceries at HEB, which is down the road from church. 

Surprisingly, we spent more time there than anticipated because we couldn’t find the sesame seeds; so Steven and I split up to look elsewhere.

Having checked in this and that aisle, I finally asked one of the store clerks who happened to walk by. 

As I turned to go look for Steven, he was already walking back toward me; and who should we bump into at that moment?  None other than Junebug and Gary!

Our trip to Flour Bluff that evening was complete! 

We spent time with the remainder of the gang, our extended Why Catholic? family, for the first time since Valentine’s Day 2009 and reveled in each other’s company as if we’d last been together just the day before.

I smiled all the way home.


Except for the one lamp that Steven had left on in the living room, the house was mostly dark when we returned. 

I was reminded of the not yet fully lit church we’d entered earlier as well as the cathedral back home. 

I’d visit Immaculate Conception at odd hours during the day when the only light source was that of the sun filtered through the stained-glass windows.  Quiet and awe-inspiring, the cathedral always embraced me with its scent of times long past mingled with the present. 

I felt very much at peace there, which is why lifelong memories of that sacred space come alive each time I enter a dimly lit church, although the feeling is also replicated toward the end of the year when the rooms in the house begin to darken earlier than usual in the evening. 

Autumn, my most favorite time of the year.  Such wonderful recollections!

I thoroughly enjoy the coziness of a candlelit room during the harvest season.

Wishful thoughts

Sunday before Thanksgiving, I was working on a sewing project at the dining table when I happened to focus on the orange-cupped wrought-iron candle holder on the chest of drawers. 

Steven bought it for me at the Fredericksburg Christmas Store in 2007, but we’ve never used it.

“I’d like some really nice candles for this,” I said, hoping for a worthwhile dialogue.

“You know there are plenty of tea lights on the pantry shelf.”

“Yes, we have lots of those, but I want special candles.  Some that will match the big yellow candle that Ricky, one of my fifth graders, gave me for Christmas 2005.”

And that was that.  The topic was dropped.

Burst of sunshine

Thanksgiving Day, Sister emailed from Australia.

Re: Parcel
Thursday, November 25, 2010 5:27 AM

Dearest Deli and Steve,

Praised be the Holy Child Jesus!

I do hope you and your family are well.

Today is the 25th, a special day of the Incarnation.  I prayed for you and all your intentions in a special way and am continuously asking Little Margaret to help you.

Also, our friend Maria (who lives in Seattle) will be posting a small parcel, which she carried for me.  [It contains six] Holy Child Jesus beeswax candles, which I made, and a chaplet for you.

Thank you, and may the Holy Child Jesus bless you with his peace in abundance.

With lots of love and prayers,
Gratefully in the Holy Child Jesus….

 Oh, happy day!

Re: Parcel…
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 2:43 PM

Dearest, dearest Sister,

It’s 55 degrees, and the wind’s somewhat blustery; but the sun’s out, and it’s a gorgeous day….

We attended eight o’clock Mass this morning to celebrate the Blessed Mother’s special day, and I’ve been editing photos and more for our church blog ever since Steven dropped me off afterwards.

And… because I saw the mail carrier at the mailboxes across the street a while ago… I just got back from walking over to see what’d come in the mail… wondering if maybe we’d received another Christmas card for Steven’s reindeer.

And… surprise, surprise, surprise!!!  Your parcel arrived.  OMG!!!!

It’s here on my desktop… waiting, waiting, waiting.  But I’m sooo excited that the only thing I could think of to do was email you right away to thank you.

Thanks sooo much!

And I’ve taken some pix from our front porch, so you can share in the day… since you’re here keeping me company as I work.

Again, thank you so very much!!!

Love & hugsss….

Delightful surprises

On finally opening the box, I couldn’t believe my eyes! 

Even though Sister had emailed almost three weeks earlier to let me know about her parcel’s contents, I was filled with immense gratitude and awe.

The box was brimming over with messages of love and heartfelt support as I pulled out each delightful surprise and savored it thoroughly, tearfully.

Sister’s thoughtfulness included laminated prayer cards and information on Venerable Margaret; both a chaplet and its small pouch for our daughter; and, best of all, her message of prayerful blessings and hope.

We are praying for you….

A lamp is lit daily, and I continuously ask Little Margaret to help you and to intercede for your intentions.

Wishing you and your family a holy Advent and a happy Christmas!

God bless you with lots of love and prayers….

Connected tangents

Again and again, we’re reminded— as I was this past week— that everything is relative no matter how disconnected our thoughts, our prayers, and our heartfelt wishes may seem

Despite the obstacles we face, God is always listening.  But he’s always trying to help us listen to his messages, too. 

God is so brilliant that he employs creative measures to let us know how much he cares, especially when we need his consolation and his tenderness. 

God is the constant beacon in one’s stormy life.  He alone gives meaning to one’s existence.


My dear friend, Rose, said it perfectly in her email today.

Received a Christmas card from Sister for my whole family.  Made my day because she sent me [a message] in her own handwriting wishing me love and prayers. 

Deli, this is God’s way of telling me he is in charge, and I just need to love and praise him.


Links of interest…  Flower of Carmel (Goonellabah): contact info / home page / prayer…  Immaculate Conception Cathedral: parish…  St. Paul the Apostle Church: facebook / parishes online / website

WP posts…  Angels keeping watch…  Bearing one’s crosses…  Forever grateful…  Heart of hearts…  Holy relics…  One prayer…  St. Jude novena…  Sweet Jesus…  Venerable Margaret

Venerable Margaret

HolyInfant92310Early in September I searched for links to the Holy Infant of Prague and found one particularly interesting, since it offered the means through which one could request a relic of the Venerable Margaret.

Although I’d never heard of the Carmelite nun associated with the Holy Infant’s chaplet, I bookmarked the site, Devotions to the Child Jesus Around the World, before starting an email to Ana C, its webmaster.  Only I didn’t send the message right away.  I placed it in my draft folder instead and went off in octopus mode as usual.

For two weeks the “draft (1)” reminder on my Yahoo’s left sidebar beckoned until it screamed so loudly that I finally sent the email.

Within hours I received a response from Ana C, asking to confirm my mailing address.

My packet would be mailed from the Carmelite monastery in Australia, and I could hardly wait!

A week later

Surprise, surprise!  Even though I’d been expecting the packet, I’d never thought it’d arrive so quickly.  I was over the moon with joy that Sister had included a lovely note.

Carmelite Monastery – 591 Ballina Road
Goonellabah, NSW 2480 Australia

Praised be Jesus Christ!  Thank you.

I have enclosed a relic card of Little Margaret (as I call her).  The relic is on the Spanish card, but I have enclosed an English copy also.

I have also enclosed a chaplet of the Child Jesus that I made.  Please carry it with you.  Little Margaret is helping many people all over the world.

I have put your name under the Child Jesus and am burning a lamp for you daily and continuously, asking Little Margaret to help you and to intercede for all your intentions.

A detailed book on her life, entitled A Gem from the Diamond Mine, is available.

God bless you.

With love and prayers, gratefully in Jesus….


I emailed Ana C right away to thank her. 

Re: Requesting a relic card…
Thursday, September 23, 2010 5:46 PM 

What a glorious, extraordinary surprise to find a small packet in the mailbox this afternoon!

I had no idea who it was from until I turned it around and saw Australia on its back side.

WOW!!!!!!!!!  I couldn’t believe my eyes!  I was overjoyed!!!

It took just one week to receive more than I’d ever imagined.  Everything is just so beautiful.

I intend to write to Sister to thank her for the wonderful surprise!  She sent so much!!!  What a treasure-trove!

Thanks so much for posting the information on your website, as I wouldn’t have received my gifts had it not been for you.

God bless you infinitely much! 

The following day

Sister emailed, thanking me for the message that Ana C had forwarded to her; and a few days later, Ana replied.

Re: Requesting a relic card…
Monday, September 27, 2010 9:51 AM 

I am very happy you are pleased.  Actually, for about one year I was the one mailing out the relics that Sister would send me; but this year I don’t have the time to keep up with the numerous requests, so Sister is mailing them herself.

She is very generous.  She also offers objects for sale (beeswax candles, which she makes; and a book, A Gem from the Diamond Mine, which is the biography of Sister Margaret) to help raise funds for her convent and her ministry.  She wants to see Sister Margaret raised to the altar of the saints.

You may want to consider sending her a small donation, if this is within your means.  She will never ask for a donation, but I’m sure it can get costly mailing relics from Australia to the U.S.  It’s up to you and just a suggestion.

Thank you for your email about my site.

In the future I am planning to take a web developer course.  I have plans for my site to reach more people.  So far I have had visitors from many countries in Europe, Asia, and South America.  It has been a true blessing!

God bless you….

Since then Ana and I have emailed back and forth, and she made a couple of suggestions.

About Sister, maybe send her an email and ask her which way she would prefer to be contacted?  I’m not sure.  As for donations, I have sent her checks before; and she can cash them.  Just a thought, if anyone wants to send her any in the future. 

Days later

I emailed Sister.

Re: Relic card…
Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:03 PM 

Thank you so very much for your prayers!  They sure have made a difference!

Like you, I’m a devotee of the Holy Infant of Prague.  Isn’t he a darling child?!!

I have a question for you…  Since I want very much to share the packet with those who read my WordPress blog, I’m wondering if you’ll allow me to post your contact information.  This way, anyone interested in requesting a chaplet can do so.

Your monastery has a contact page, so I intend to include that link on my blog.  May I post the email address that accompanied your packet?

Again, thank you so very, very much for my wonderful, glorious surprise!  It’s a treasure-trove that I’ll cherish for a lifetime!

God bless you infinitely much! 

Sister responded.

Re: Relic card…
Saturday, October 2, 2010 4:38 AM 

Praised be the Holy Child Jesus!

Thank you, and I am happy that you have received my little parcel.

Our Lord has told us that, unless we become like little children, we will not enter heaven.

When I entered Carmel fifteen years ago, the first thing I remember being told was that, when we enter heaven, it will be the Child Jesus that will lead us in!  I owe my vocation to Him.  He is everything to me.

I would very much or, rather, He would like his bride Little Margaret to be known and bring honor and glory to his holy childhood.  A detailed book on her life, entitled A Gem from the Diamond Mine, is available.  I would like that book also to be known.

Gail Hodgson is the one who got the book reprinted and updated.  You can share the package on your blog, but please do not mention my name.  The email address is okay.

The Infant Jesus has promised to grant special graces, especially purity and innocence, to those who carry the chaplet with devotion, especially children who need it very much at this time. 

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.

May the Holy Child Jesus bless you and Steve and all your loved ones abundantly.

With lots of love and prayers,
Gratefully in the Child Jesus…

So, if anyone wishes to contact the Flower of Carmel Monastery, please keep Sister’s request in mind.

Venerable Margaret Parigot

The Infant Jesus deigned to make known his faithful servant, Venerable Sister Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament, a Carmelite nun.  How pleasing this holy practice is to him.  He promised to grant special graces… above all, purity and innocence… to those who carry this chaplet with devotion and recite it in honor of the mysteries of his holy infancy.  Parents, do you wish to preserve the baptismal innocence of your children?  Inspire them with a tender devotion, calling on their divine model whom they should love and imitate (Carmel Monastery,
n. d.).


Little Margaret…  O divine Jesus, you deigned to manifest to Venerable Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament the mysteries of your holy childhood.  You revealed to her who you are and relived in her the phases of your life.  You filled her with the most precious graces.  We beg you, for the glory of your name and the extension of your reign in souls, to hasten the day of her beatification so that we may give fitting praise for her merits and virtues according to the designs of your divine wisdom and the accomplishment of your adorable will.  We therefore humbly ask you.  Amen.

Memorare to the Child Jesus…  Remember, O holy Child Jesus, that you have said to Venerable Sister Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament these words so full of consolation for our poor, burdened, and suffering humanity:

Draw from this divine heart.  Ask all that you desire through the merits of my holy childhood.  Nothing will be refused to you.

Full of confidence in you, O Jesus who are truth itself, we come to make known all our misery to you.  Help us to lead a holy life in order to attain a blessed eternity.  Grant us through the infinite merits of your incarnation and of your childhood, the graces of which we are most in need.  No, we shall not be deceived in our hope.  We abandon ourselves to you, O omnipotent God, that, in virtue of your divine promise, you will favorably receive and deign to grant our prayer.  Amen.


Venerable Margaret relic prayer card – Carmelite Monastery – Australia

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Si quaeris miracula

Miracles.  Everyone needs them at one time or another.  Big ones, small ones, they happen every day.  But, if we’re not looking, we fail to see them.


Have you ever bought something— a car, for instance— that you thought no one else had in a particular color?  Then, the more you drove your car, the more you noticed others like it?

FMA8410aThat’s the way it is with miracles.

When you acknowledge one, your awareness grows; and, before long, you begin to notice the miracles happening all around.  The more you talk about them, the more you’re asked to be a prayer partner for healing, justice, employment, peace of mind, and other concerns that cause great distress in everyday life.

United prayer

Again I tell you, if two of you join your voices on earth to pray for anything whatsoever, it shall be granted you by my Father in heaven.  Where two or more are gathered in my name, there in their midst am I (Mt. 18:

Intercessory power

FMA8410bThe beauty of united prayer is that we don’t have to be together in one specific place.  We can support the cause from wherever we happen to be, at whatever time we happen to pray.  Moreover, we can tap experts in the field— our saints— for their intercessory power.

My two all-time favorites are St. Jude and St. Anthony, although I call on the former only when there’s a serious dilemma regarding our kids or grandkids.  St. Anthony, on the other hand, is a lifelong friend with whom I dialogue throughout the day.  I call on him anytime someone needs a favor and especially when I’ve lost something.

St. Anthony chaplet

Sometimes, too, St. Anthony helps me find treasures I didn’t even know were missing— like the chaplet prayers and the miraculous responsory that I serendipitously discovered just recently.

This prayerful devotion is said in honor of the thirteen favors mentioned in the Miraculous Responsory.  Pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory be after each of the thirteen favors and conclude with the Miraculous Responsory 

  1. Most gracious St. Anthony, keep me from sin and enable me to persevere in good.
  2. Great St. Anthony, keep whatever is uncharitable far from me.
  3. Dear St. Anthony, make mine a true, lasting, and vibrant faith.
  4. Good St. Anthony, banish from my heart all that would cloud God’s love.
  5. St. Anthony, encouraged by your gentleness, help me to grow in genuine conversion of heart.
  6. St. Anthony, heal me and obtain for me true love of God and health of mind and soul.
  7. St. Anthony, with my guardian angel, guide me though the perils of this life and keep me safe.
  8. St. Anthony, protect me from the devil’s temptations and obtain for me God’s help.
  9. St. Anthony, healer of the sick, preserve my life and grant me blessings of good health.
  10. Saint of miracles, finder of lost things, help me to discover what is truly important in my life.
  11. St. Anthony, my helper and friend of God, be my defense and security in times of doubt.
  12. St. Anthony and friend of God, I ask your intercession at God’s throne for divine grace.
  13. St. Anthony, I join with you now and with the whole company of heaven in praising the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.  Amen.

Miraculous Responsory

Also known as Si Quaeris Miracula, this prayer is sung regularly at St. Anthony’s basilica in Padua and Tuesdays throughout the world.

If then you ask for miracles,
Death, error, all calamities,
Leprosy and demons fly,
And health succeeds infirmities.

The sea obeys and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs do you restore;
While treasures lost are found again,
When young and old your aid implore.

All dangers vanish at your prayer,
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Let those who know your power proclaim,
Let Paduans say, “These are of thee.”

To Father, Son, may glory be
And Holy Spirit, eternally.

Pray for us, blessed Anthony.
Make us worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

Lord God, may the votive commemoration of blessed Anthony, your confessor and doctor, be a source of joy for your people.  May they always be strengthened with his spiritual assistance and deserve eternal rewards.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Litany of the lost

Lord have mercy.  Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.  Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.  Lord have mercy.

For those of us who have lost…

Our health…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our peace of mind…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our housing…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our financial security…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
A loved one…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our dreams…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our talents…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our initial zeal…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our sobriety…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our faith…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our self-respect…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our perspective…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our innocence…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our independence…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Peace within our families…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Civil peace…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our trust in others…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our virtue…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our home…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
(Add your own particular loss…  St. Anthony, pray for us.)

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world.  Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world.  Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world.  Have mercy on us.

Let us pray.

All loving God, you have given us St. Anthony, the patron of the lost, as an intercessor of those who are in need of your mercy.  Listen to his voice as he calls out to you on our behalf and grant those things which will help us to grow in your love.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Nine days of prayer

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St. Anthony litany

From all hardness of heart; from fear, anger, and strife; from every injustice.
St. Anthony, pray for us.

From quarreling and conflict, from envy and jealousy, from every addiction.
St. Anthony, pray for us.

From self-hatred and lack of self-esteem, from bitterness and evil.
St. Anthony, pray for us.

From all deception and dishonesty, from despair and hopelessness.
St. Anthony, pray for us.

That we may grow in the peace, compassion, and generosity of Jesus Christ.
St. Anthony, pray for us.

That we may love our neighbor as ourselves.
St. Anthony, pray for us.

That the Word of God may enlighten our minds and lead us into all truth.
St. Anthony, pray for us.

That we may always advance in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
St. Anthony, pray for us.

Through the intercession of St. Anthony, may almighty God bless us.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


Saint Anthony, father of the poor and comforter of the needy, I thank you for having come to my aid and consoled me so abundantly.  Help me now to grow in love of our merciful Father so that, as you said, the King of Kings may reign in my heart and purify it.  May I live with you the gospel of Christ and grow with you in him, who is the lord.  Amen.

Thirteen Tuesdays

This set of prayers can be recited anytime even though the devotion is a March through June tradition concluding on or before St. Anthony’s feast day, June 13th.

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Contact information

The Nine Days of Prayers leaflets are from Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA), P.O. Box 598, Mount Vernon, NY 10551-0598; the St. Anthony litany (52915CV), from the Companions of St. Anthony; and the Thirteen Tuesdays pamphlet, from The Franciscans, St. Anthony’s Guild, 4 Jersey Street, East Rutherford, NJ 07073-1012.

May 31, 2011 

Although my prayer book (Companions of St. Anthony,
n. d.) credits St. Bonaventure with the Miraculous Responsory, Wikiquote attributes the prayer to Julian of Speyer, who composed the sequence circa 1235 (The Raccolta, 1807, p. 531; Benziger Brothers, 1952).

November 9, 2015

“For even now miracles are wrought in the name of Christ, whether by his sacraments or by the prayers or relics of his saints” (St. Augustine).

May 30, 2017

Let us ask Jesus Christ, our lord, to fill us with his mercy so that we may practice compassion with ourselves and others not judging or condemning, but forgiving those who hurt us, helping those who are in need, pardoning all offenders, offering mercy just as God has shown mercy to us (St. Anthony).

June 13, 2017

After you died, St. Anthony, God chose to make your holiness known to the world and to draw people by working miracles in answer to prayers made in your name.  Since then, people have asked God to continue to honor you by working wonders through your intercession.  Those who have experienced the power of prayers offered in your name have told how God has answered them.  God has healed the sick, restored peace of mind, relieved poverty, and granted favors of all kinds.  Now in this time of need I ask you, St. Anthony, to pray with me for the things I desire.  I pray that God may again give us a sign of loving care and providence and that, through you, God may draw us all to the fullness of life and love in eternity (Fr. Jack Wintz, OFM in Saint Anthony of Padua: His Life, Legends and Devotions).

O the mercy of God!  Never does he refuse to be merciful, but is ever present to those who turn to him (St. Anthony of Padua).

February 27, 2018

“Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature” (St. Augustine of Hippo).

July 14, 2018

Finally, following the lead of Psalm 85, invite God to speak to the hearts of your faith community and the entire church by praying, “Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.”  This is the sort of prayer Jesus promised that two or three would never pray in vain.  It may well be the sort of prayer that changed Amos from farmer to prophet and sent the apostles out to share their fire with anyone who would listen (Mary M. McGlone).

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Christmas blessings

The good family is marked by a mutual love which brightens and warms like a flame the practice of every virtue.  Goodness sweetens and strengthens the leadership of the father, deepens the mother’s delicate tact, encourages the fidelity of the children, tempers their exuberance, and inspires their unstinting sacrifices (Pope John XXIII).


Christmas blessings…  May all the days of all the years that God has still in store be filled with every joy and grace to bless you more and more.  May hope of heart and peace of mind beside you ever stay.  And that’s the golden wish I have for you this Christmas day!

Lord, with faith and joy we celebrate the birthday of your Son.  Increase our understanding and our love of the riches you have revealed in him, who is Lord for ever and ever.  Amen.

God of Mary and Joseph, of shepherds and animals, bless us whenever we gaze on this manger scene.  Through all the days of Christmas may these figures tell the story of how humans, angels, and animals found the Christ in this poor place.  Fill our house with hospitality, joy, gentleness, and thanksgiving; and guide our steps in the way of peace.  Grant this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Family…  O dear Jesus, I humbly implore you to grant your special graces to our family.  May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor, and faith.  I beg you, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living, and dead.

O Mary, loving Mother of Jesus and our Mother, pray to Jesus for our family, for all the families of the world, to guard the cradle of the newborn, the schools of the young, and their vocations.

Blessed St. Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all the necessities of life.  Ask of Jesus that special grace which he granted to you to watch over our home at the pillow of the sick and the dying so that, with Mary and with you, heaven may find our family unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Amen.

Lord God, creator and sustainer of life, watch over our family gathered in Jesus’s name.  Guide and guard us, keep us united in love for one another.  Let your grace be our support in whatever emergencies may lie ahead.

Show us, Father, how to put the past behind us, give you our best today, and place our tomorrows in your hands.  Bless our laughter and tears, ease our sorrows and fears.  Teach us to appreciate every good gift from your paternal heart.  Amen.

Home and household…  Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only begotten son to every nation by the guidance of a star.  Bless this house and all who inhabit it.  Fill us with the light of Christ that our concern for others may reflect your love.

New year blessing…  May your new year be a time of peace, joy, and serenity!  May each day bring you closer to Christ and more loving to those in your family!  May each week see you advancing in the practice of faith, hope, and charity!  May each month give to you the aid, comfort, and strength you need from God!  May the march of the seasons make you appreciate and be grateful for all the good things you enjoy!  May the end of the new year find you happier, healthier, and holier than you have ever been! (Franciscan Mission Associates).

Parents…  Most loving Father, the example of parenthood, you have entrusted our children to us to bring them up for you and prepare them for everlasting life.  Assist us with your grace that we may fulfill this sacred duty with competence and love.  Teach us what to give and what to withhold.  Show us when to reprove, when to praise, and when to be silent.  Make us gentle and considerate, yet firm and watchful.  Keep us from the weakness of indulgence and the excess of severity.  Give us the courage to be disliked sometimes by our children when we must do necessary things which are displeasing in their eyes.  Give us the imagination to enter their world in order to understand and guide them.  Grant us all the virtues we need to lead them by word and example in the ways of wisdom and piety.  One day, with them, may we enter into the joys of our true and lasting home with you in heaven.  Amen.

Peace…  Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.

SJC122609-22Praise and petition…  In adoration we kneel before your crib.  You wish, little Lord Jesus, only our love and affection.  You come to us as a little child the better to win our hearts.

Though you are our all-powerful God, you conceal your divinity for love of us.  For our sake you wish to be weak, helpless, and wholly dependent on us creatures you yourself made.  Thus, you show how necessary it is for us to be humble, obedient, and as trusting as you were.

Assist us in your tender mercy to imitate you, to rule by serving, to conquer by loving, to be great by becoming little, to be powerful when weakest, to gain life eternal by losing one’s life for your sake.  So will we be happy always by following you commands and example.

May your holy Virgin-Mother, Mary, assist us.  Amen.

Special blessing…  The Lord bless you and keep you!  The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you!  The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! (Nm. 6:24-26).

Spouses…  Lord Jesus, grant that (name) and I may have a true and understanding love for each other.

Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust.  Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony.  May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths.  Help us to forgive one another’s failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness, and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.

May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year.  Bring us both ever closer to you through our love for each other.  Let our love grow to perfection.  Amen.

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Contact information

Prayer leaflet is from Franciscan Mission Associates, P.O. Box 598, Mount Vernon, NY 10551-0598.

December 23, 2012

Mary went without delay to communicate her joy to her cousin Elizabeth….  This is the real commitment of Advent: to bring joy to others.  Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not expensive presents that demand time and money (Pope Benedict XVI).

December 9, 2013

Let your goodness, Lord, appear to us, that we, made in your image, may conform ourselves to it.  In our own strength we cannot imagine your majesty, power and wonder; nor is it fitting for us to try; but your mercy reaches from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below.  You have come to us as a small child; but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of your eternal love.  Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries
(St. Bernard of Clairvaux).

December 25, 2013

Mary and Joseph, thank you for bringing Jesus to me!  Pray that I might love him as you did— more and more each day (the Word among us, Advent 2013, p. 43).

December 7, 2014

“Divine blessings are not granted to those who sleep, but to those who keep watch”
(St. Ambrose).

December 14, 2014

The Christian family has a special vocation to witness to the paschal covenant of Christ by constantly radiating the joy of love and the certainty of the hope for which it must give an account: “The Christian family loudly proclaims both the present virtues of the kingdom of God and the hope of a blessed life to come (Pope St. John Paul II).

December 25, 2014

At Christmas we contemplate God made man, divine glory hidden beneath the poverty of a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, the creator of the universe reduced to the helplessness of an infant.  Once we accept this paradox, we discover the truth that sets us free and the love that transforms our lives (Pope Benedict XVI).

“Blessed is he who possesses Bethlehem in his heart and in whose heart Christ is born daily” (St. Jerome).

Go to Jesus….  He is on the altar surrounded by angels and praying.  Let them make some room for you and join them in doing what they do (St. Mary Joseph Rossello).

“On this night let us share the joy of the gospel: God… so loves us that he gave us his son to be our brother, to be light in our darkness” (Pope Francis).

December 5, 2015

If God, in the Christmas mystery, reveals himself not as one who remains on high and dominates the universe, but as the one who bends down [and] descends to the little and poor earth, it means that, to be like him, we should not put ourselves above others but, indeed, lower ourselves [and] place ourselves at the service of others (Pope Francis).

December 13, 2015

Lord God, I praise, glorify and bless you for all the graces and privileges you have bestowed upon Joseph, your foster father and servant.  By his merits grant that I may always be grateful for whatever you send me.  Lord, may I share the joys of St. Joseph at the coming of Jesus this Christmas season and may I be patient and forbearing in times of trial knowing that Jesus is always with me and gives me the grace to live each day accompanied by him.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end.  Amen.

December 25, 2015

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December 27, 2015

Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money.  We can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness.  And the joy we give will certainly come back to us.…  Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the feast of the Holy Family).

December 31, 2015

Only a few hours more— and this year too will come to an end and pass into history.  I too finish the year and await the new dawn with joy….  I go down on my knees before my God and, recalling his kindnesses to me this year, I humble myself in the dust and thank him with all my heart (St. John XXIII).


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Sweet Jesus

Adorable Infant Jesus, you not only humbled yourself to assume our human nature, but chose also to come to us as a little child, weakest and most defenseless among men.  Teach us, then, to learn the real greatness of humility and that human strength is made perfect in weakness by your divine aid.

Lovable Infant Jesus, have mercy on us and help us in our need.  Let us rely alone on God, our most provident Father, who watches over us always.  By your grace may we approach our heavenly Father in confidence with a trust like that of a little child.

Admirable Infant Jesus, have pity on our littleness and weakness and assist us by your divine power in our present necessity.  Please help us today to reverence all life and, for your sake, to love all living things which your goodness created and your coming recreated.  Amen.

V.  Lord, you made us a little less than angels.
R.  You have crowned us with glory and honor.

Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace and King of the Universe, you chose to come among us as a helpless infant so that we might all approach you more readily, confidently, and without fear.

Help us, please, our Infant King, to become like little children.  Please grant us the heavenly help we now seek.  Aid us from your throne on high to imitate your perfect love of God and man.  In your goodness, Divine Child, manifest your power to all men, preserve us from sin, and bring us safe at last into your heavenly company.  Amen.

O sweet Jesus, I desire neither life nor death but your most holy will.  You are the one, O Lord, that I long for.  If it be your will to have me die, receive my soul and grant that, in you and with you, I may receive everlasting rest.  If it be your holy will to have me live longer upon this earth, give me the grace to amend the rest of my life and, with good works, to glorify your holy name.  Amen.

O miraculous Infant Jesus, we prostrate before your sacred image and beseech you to cast a merciful look on our troubled hearts.  Let your tender heart, so inclined to pity, be softened by our prayers and grant us the grace that we ardently implore you.  Take from us all affliction and despair, all trials and misfortunes with which we are laden.  For your sacred infancy’s sake, hear our prayers and send us consolation and aid, that we may praise you with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.  Amen.

Prayers (above): Franciscan Mission Associates (R-6 R) & Sacred Heart League

Chaplet to the Child Jesus

The chaplet consists of fifteen beads attached to a medal of the Holy Infant.  Prayers include three Our Father‘s in honor of the Holy Family, twelve Hail Mary‘s in memory of the childhood of Jesus Christ, and three Glory be‘s.

On the medal, say either “Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us!” or

Divine Infant Jesus, I adore your cross; and I accept all the crosses you will be pleased to send me.  Adorable Trinity, I offer you, for the glory of the holy name of God, all the adorations of the sacred heart of the holy Infant Jesus.

On each of the three beads, say “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” and pray an Our Father.

On each of the twelve beads, say “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” and pray a Hail Mary.

  1. The incarnation of the Son of God…   Say… and pray….
  2. The life in the womb of the Virgin Mary…   Say… and pray….
  3. Child-Jesus-chapletThe birth in Bethlehem…   Say… and pray….
  4. The adoration by the shepherds…   Say… and pray….
  5. The circumcision of the Lord…   Say… and pray….
  6. The adoration by the three magi…   Say… and pray….
  7. The presentation in the temple…   Say… and pray….
  8. The flight to Egypt…   Say… and pray….
  9. The stay in Egypt…   Say… and pray….
  10. The return to Nazareth…   Say… and pray….
  11. The hidden life in Nazareth…   Say… and pray….
  12. The twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple…   Say… and pray….

On each of the three beads, say either “Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us!” or “Holy Child Jesus, bless us and grant us our petitions” and pray a Glory be.

Let us pray…  O holy Child Jesus, whose omnipotence is manifested in a wonderful manner and whose miraculous hand, raised in benediction, fills us with all blessings, graciously deign to hear all who call upon you with confidence.  Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, lord of heaven and earth, you revealed yourself to little ones.  Grant, we beg of you, that we who venerate with due honor the sacred mysteries of your son, the Child Jesus, and imitate his example may enter the kingdom of heaven which you promised to little children.  Through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Consecration…  O most gracious Infant Jesus, I adore you, I love you, and I venerate you in the mysteries of your holy infancy.  I thank you for becoming a child for love of me.  In return, I give and consecrate myself entirely to your love.  I beg of you to grant me, now and throughout my life, the virtues of your holy childhood.  Give me, dear Jesus, the treasure of your humility, the sweetness of your charity, your prompt obedience, and your simplicity.  May your grace draw me to love and imitate you and enjoy your majesty in heaven.  Amen.

Thanksgiving…  O most gracious Infant Jesus, I kneel before you and offer you my fervent thanks for the blessings you have showered on me.  I shall always praise your mercy and confess that you alone are my God, my helper, and my protector.  Henceforth, my entire confidence shall be placed in you.  I shall proclaim all over your mercy and generosity.  May your great love and the great deeds performed be acknowledged by all.  May devotion to your holy infancy extend more and more in the hearts of all mankind.  May all who experience your assistance be ever grateful to your holy infancy.  May they praise and glorify you for all eternity.  Amen.

January 6, 2013

“The angels and shepherds praise you and the magi advance with the star, for you are born for us, Little Child, God eternal” (Romanus the Melodist; Catechism 525:204).

June 19, 2013

“Beloved Jesus… sweet honey, indescribable longing delight of the saints, sweetness of the angels!” (St. Romuald).

December 23, 2013

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us.  Authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

December 25, 2013

“Let us follow the star of inspiration and divine attraction which calls us to the crib, and let us go there to adore and love the Child Jesus and offer ourselves to him” (St. Jane Frances de Chantal).

“Who can sleep on the night that God became man?” (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross / Edith Stein).

“When you became small, O God, you made human beings great” (St. Catherine of Siena).

December 26, 2013

Jesus, you are more than a baby in a manger.  You are the one who brings the life of heaven to earth!  Fill me with your spirit, and send me out to be witness to the world (the Word among us, Advent 2013, p. 44).

January 3, 2014

“The name of Jesus is the most sweet-tasting nourishment of contemplation, for it feeds and revives those souls that are famished and spiritually hungry” (St. Bernardine of Siena).

February 5, 2014

“Christ alone is my salvation” (St. Agatha).

January 3, 2015

Glorious name, gracious name, name of love and of power!  Through you sins are forgiven; through you enemies are vanquished; through you the sick are freed from their illness; through you those suffering in trials are made strong and cheerful.  You bring honor to those who believe; you teach those who preach; you give strength to the toiler; you sustain the weary
(St. Bernardine of Siena).

May 11, 2015

“I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child” (Anne Lamott).

August 19, 2015

“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desires, and his disposition live and reign there” (St. John Eudes).

September 20, 2017

It seems to me that I am no more than a very tiny thing in the arms of God, and that I will remain so until I die.  I do not know what He wants to do with me, but I desire it all (Venerable Marthe Robin in Robert Ellsberg’s The Franciscan Saints).

December 27, 2017

At our own birth, the child of Christmas is born in us.  He is our spiritual potential.  But we have to let that birth find its fulfillment in a life that rises above the ordinary.  You might say that we have to keep the promise of that child alive in us always.  Christmas is a reminder that the child is always being born, always in the manger, and always being welcomed (Thomas Moore in The Soul of Christmas).

January 3, 2019

Jesus!  A sweet name, a delightful name!  A name that comforts sinners and offers blessed hope.  A name that is a joyful cry from the heart, that is music to the ear and honey in the mouth (St Anthony of Padua).

Immaculate Conception Church – Hammond, WI

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