Holy relics

On Valentine’s Day 2009, Junebug and Gary (left) and the lovely Ning and Sam joined us for a special dinner.  And, as usual, “the gang”— our family through Why Catholic? at St. Paul’s in Flour Bluff— had a fantabulous time!


Junebug’s prompting

That evening Junebug excitedly told us about visiting a chapel with the Legion of Mary.  She didn’t recall its name or much else other than having been (and still is) in awe of all the relics there.  “You just have to go see it!  It’s such a special place!” Junebug remarked, adding that she’d never known about relics until then.

“I know just what you mean!” I said.  “I didn’t know anything about relics until I received mine from Father Roderick.  And I treasured them until I gave them away.  Thanks so much for telling me about the chapel!  I’ll have to visit to take photos for my blog.”

Elusive treasure

Junebug’s exuberant insistence that I “visit the chapel out by the Lexington” stayed with me until May of last year.  That’s when, in driving around trying to locate it, I accidentally stumbled across the small, well-kept chapel on the corner of who knows where in the vicinity of the USS Lexington.

Yet, within moments my joy downgraded a couple of degrees.  Our Lady Star by the Sea was locked, and no one was at its adjacent office.

To further dampen my enthusiasm, I’d forgotten my Coolpix; so I had to rely on my antiquated cell phone to photograph the chapel’s exterior.  Not a good idea at all, I found out later, ’cause I couldn’t email the photos to my Yahoo account.

Still, things worked out fine.  I learned the name of the chapel and its location, so the visit wasn’t a total loss.

Now it’s just a matter of attending weekend Mass, Saturday at five-thirty or Sunday at nine, so I can finally see the relics that catapulted Junebug into OMG mode.

Shared keepsakes

Like Junebug, I’d never known about holy relics until— surprise, surprise— I received two third-class St. Anthony relics in the mail from Father Roderick, head of Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA) at the time.

A relic is an object or a personal item of religious significance, carefully preserved with an air of veneration as a tangible memorial….  A third-class relic is any object that is touched to a first- or second-class relic.  Most third-class relics are small pieces of cloth (Wikipedia, 2011).

“Relics refer to the body tissues of saints, items worn or used by them, and things that have come in contact with the originals” (Father James G. Ward, CM in the Association of the Miraculous Medal Bulletin, October 2010, p. 3).

The veneration of relics, most strictly the material remains of a saint or holy person after his death, has a long tradition in the Catholic Church….  St. Thomas Aquinas would explain that the relics “excite to love.”  It is really the saint who is being honored, and the relic assists the giving of that honor through both a visible sign and a physical link with the saint (St. Anthony Shrine, 2009).

I treasured my two St. Anthony relics but eventually gave them away to a couple of acquaintances whose life stories were filled with such despair that I thought the relics would give them hope.

By then Father Robert had become director of FMA, so I wrote him a letter requesting another relic and— wouldn’t you know it— he sent two that I carried with me, knowing I’d give them away as well.

St. Anthony chaplets

August, 2010, I gifted my two relics to Sabrina (left) and Ruth (right) with a note in the St. Anthony booklet that I created specially for them.

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Segy, our youngest, has always said, “The best gifts are those I want so very badly to keep but give away instead.”

In 1998, I wrote to Father Robert at Franciscan Mission Associates.

In 1985, Father Roderick sent me two St. Anthony relics.  But, over the years, as I met others in great need, I gave them away.  And now that I don’t have one, I feel empty.  So may I please have another relic?

And I was surprised, just as I’d been the first time, to receive not one but two.  But, even though I’ve treasured my two relics all this time, I’ve always wondered when the time would come that I’d have to part with them again as before.

Looking through my Companion Prayers booklet on July 22nd, I suddenly took note of the St. Anthony chaplet prayers and the Miraculous Responsory for the first time.  I’d added the latter to my “St. Anthony” post, but it just hadn’t registered till that moment.

I decided to customize a chaplet just right for me and attach not a regular medal, but the St. Anthony relic I’d carried around all these years.

Then I had an epiphany.

Since I had a second relic still in its original little bag I thought, Ruth and Sabrina!  I’ll bead three identical chaplets, place the relics on theirs, and use a different St. Anthony medal on mine.  I’ll write to Father Robert again and request another relic for my chaplet.  Hopefully, he’ll send two.

Sooo…  On Tuesday, July 23rd, I began using the chaplets.  I’ve taken turns with each one so that, when you pray on your own, you’ll know I’m praying with you, too.

Heart’s desire

FMA8410aI have to admit that it was very difficult to part with my last two
St. Anthony relics.  In fact, that’s what kept me from beading the chaplets sooner.  God knew how I felt, though.

Right when I was having serious qualms about giving them away, I received a perfectly timed relic prayer card in the mail from FMA.

In the days that followed I internalized what I’ve experienced before: God always knows and provides just what we need (Matthew 6:8).

Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him.  That is all the doing you have to worry about (St. Jane Frances de Chantal).

Holy relics

How amazing that, since finding Our Lady Star by the Sea and gifting my St. Anthony relics, I’ve become aware of other holy relics: St. Elizabeth Seton’s at Sacred Heart Church in Nacogdoches, Venerable Margaret Parigot’s on Sister’s prayer card from the Flower of Carmel Monastery in Australia, St. Peregrine’s through Father Ralph at Stella Maris in Lamar, and Venerable Julia Navarrete’s through Sister Maxie at the Missionary Daughters’ Solemn Place of Prayer in Kingsville.  Then, as a very special gift from the Anthonians in November, I received a seventy-five minute video commemorating the exhibition of St. Anthony’s remains at the Basilica in Padua, Italy.

So I have to wonder…

Has parting with my treasured St. Anthony relics helped me find more along the way?




May 13, 2011

Joyfully, I received Venerable Father Casey’s relic badge, which I showed Junebug at Michael’s Confirmation.  I’ll be ordering another to surprise her with, as I think it’ll make her day.


September 13, 2011

Wow!  How amazing is it to find right here on my computer desk exactly what I’ve wanted for months?  To think that I’ve had St. Jude’s relic for a very long time and didn’t even know it till this morning.

Will wonders never cease!

October 4, 2011

I just received a letter from Franciscan Mission Associates in time for All Souls Day.  Father Primo has replaced Father Robert, who served for the past fifteen years.  I guess it’s time to write that letter I’ve been putting off and wish Father Robert well on the next chapter in his book of life.


If you’d like to request a St. Anthony relic, contact Franciscan Mission Associates at P.O. Box 598, Mt. Vernon, NY 10551-0598.

January 21, 2012

Steven and I drove to Stella Maris for the second time, and we arrived early enough to converse with Father Ralph before evening Mass.  I asked if he had his St. Peregrine first-class relic, and he did!  What a thrilling experience to hold it and pray for his intercession.


January 22, 2012

I went by Mary Ellen’s house to drop off both her St. Anthony relic chaplet and her Child Jesus chaplet, and she showed me the third-class relic she has of the nun who founded the Incarnate Word Order.  I didn’t have my camera with me, so I’ll take a photo another time.

April 8, 2012

I finally got the chance to take the photos of Mary Ellen’s third-class relic of Venerable Jeanne Chézard de Matel (1596-1670), foundress of the Incarnate Word (IWBS) Order.

Oh, happy day!


April 29, 2012

“Be careful what you wish for” certainly comes to mind, only in a good way this time.

On revisiting the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus at St. Pius V in Chicago, I discovered a treasure overlooked in the past.  St. Jude’s first-class relic!  His arm!


July 2, 2012

What unexpected surprises!  St. Teresa of Avila relics from Sister in Australia!


September 29, 2012

From Sister, timely St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus treasures received for October 1st!


January 13, 2013

Steven and I visited the Tepeyac Shrine in San Antonio for the second time and discovered that the Grotto Sanctuary has a first-class relic: Part of St. Eugene de Mazenod’s heart!

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February 10, 2013

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Worth noting is that Joselito died eighty-five years ago today.

June 14-16, 2013

When Steven learned that Father Mario from the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy would be in Rockford, IL, he quickly made plans for us to attend Mass and the veneration of St. Anthony’s first-class relics at St. Anthony of Padua Church.  And we had a phenomenal time!

Father Mario captivated all of us with wonderful stories about St. Anthony and gifted many present with relics touched to St. Anthony’s tongue.  In the photo on the left, the reliquary in the forefront holds tissue from inside St. Anthony’s cheek; the one on the altar, part of his floating rib.

Before Father Mario retired for the evening, he did something totally unexpected: He blessed Steven and me with the small reliquary!

We were so taken with Father Mario that I wanted to bring him home with us, but he has places to go and people to see.  Building community within God’s kingdom is what traveling with St. Anthony is all about, so they’re off to Great Britain next.

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The following morning, despite the pounding rain and the heavy traffic, we made our way back to Chicago where we not only spent time at the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude at St. Pius V (like last year), but also visited the Claretian National Shrine of St. Jude at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

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Then we drove to Detroit where we attended nine o’clock Mass at St. Bonaventure Church on Sunday and delighted in the Solanus Casey Center the entire day.

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What an extraordinary experience!

July 1, 2013

Oh, happy day!  St. Pio’s relic!  Thank you, Sister dearest!

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November 21, 2013

Surprise, surprise!  In today’s mail, I received a treasure trove from our niece.

Found this [tiny, old envelope].  Thought of you.  Not sure what it is, but you will know.  Love you.  Sue

Um, yes!  Not one, but two relic badges of then Servant of God, now Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos who needs only one more step to reach sainthood.

After a brief period of parish ministry in Detroit, Michigan, he was assigned in 1866 to the Redemptorist community in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Here also, as pastor of the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption, he was known as a pastor who was joyously available to his faithful and singularly concerned for the poorest and the most abandoned.  However, his ministry in New Orleans was destined to be brief. In September of that year, exhausted from visiting and caring for victims of yellow fever, he contracted the disease.  After several weeks, he died on October 4, 1867, at the age of forty-eight years and nine months (Wikipedia, 2013).

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March 28, 2014

Hip hip hooray!  An unexpected St. Anthony relic from the Anthonians!

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April 18, 2014

Thanks to Diana at Franciscan Mission Associates for expeditiously sending me not just the lovely relic for Sid’s St. Anthony chaplet, but also the prayer card!  Sidney Davis, whom we met at the Solanus Casey Center last week, loved his priceless treasures!

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May 24, 2014

Thanks to Father Thomas Franks, OFM-Cap for St. Pio’s precious relic!  The Shrine of St. Pio of Pietrelcina is located at the Church of St. John the Baptist in New York City.  (The address is on “Credits” page.) 

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October 11, 2014

Thanks again, Father Tom, for the wonderful relic cards from St. Pio’s shrine!

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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).

Links of interest…  Legion of Mary…  Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish: diocese page / parishes online…  Relics: about (chapelmore – why we venerate them) / altar of (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton) / badge (Venerable Solanus Casey) / feast (more) / first-class / four categories / holy / how to venerateincorruptibles (how can a corpse be incorruptible – saints) / more than I thought I’d ever know (blog post) / of the past & the present / priest martyrs of Mexico / process of beatification & canonization / remains / sacred artifacts / saints / what is…  St. Anthony: basilica (virtual tour) / bones a guide to the living / relics (on display in Padua)…  St. Paul the Apostle Church: facebook / website…  Why Catholic

WP posts…  St. Anthony of Padua: Saint of miracles / Si quaeris miracula…  St. Eugene de Mazenod: Heart of hearts / Memory lane…  St. Elizabeth Seton: Right at home…  St. José Sánchez del Río: Honoring Joselito…  St. Jude: Forever grateful / October novenaSt. Anthony Claret / St. Jude novena…  St. Peregrine: Healing service / Memorable as ever / Powerful intercessor / Prayers and blessings / Saintly connections / Stella Maris / St. Peregrine relic…  St. Teresa of Avila: Gift of love / Seven dwelling places…  St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus: Budding relationships…  Venerable Father Casey: Capuchin church stations / God’s master plan / Mercy and justice / Solano, Solanus, Solani / St. Bonaventure Church…  Today’s Beatitudes…  Venerable Julia Navarrete (of the thorns of the Sacred Heart)…  Venerable Margaret (of the Blessed Sacrament)…  What I learned by caring for holy relics

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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Sweet Jesus

“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).

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) and the Sacred Heart League, respectively.


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.

First, the incarnation of the Son of God…   Say… and pray….

Second, the life in the womb of the Virgin Mary…  Say… and pray….

Third, the birth in Bethlehem…  Say… and pray….

Fourth, the adoration by the shepherds…  Say… and pray….

Fifth, the circumcision of the Lord…  Say… and pray….

Sixth, the adoration by the three magi…  Say… and pray….

Seventh, the presentation in the temple…  Say… and pray….

Eighth, the flight to Egypt…  Say… and pray….

Ninth, the stay in Egypt…  Say… and pray….

Tenth, the return to Nazareth…  Say… and pray….

Eleventh, the hidden life in Nazareth…  Say… and pray….

Twelfth, 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).

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).

June 23, 2020

There is but one great word of our salvation: Jesus!  May we be able, at least once, to say this sacred name with all our heart.  What a balm it pours out upon all of the powers of our soul (St. Francis de Sales in Roses Among Thorns).

Immaculate Conception Church – Hammond, WI

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