Infant of Prague

The Infant of Prague

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I don’t know when they started gathering. I only know that at some point, early in my marriage I looked around and realized that our house was full of Infants of Prague.
Some were solid plaster, their red cloaks and frilly white robes molded into permanence on small, cracked and dented bodies. Others came with lush seasonal vestments: red, purple, and gold. I could change them for Lent and Easter or pop off the tiny crown to polish it up.
Of course, I didn’t seek out these tiny, overdressed Christs. In fact, I didn’t have much of a devotion to the Holy Child at all. When He started to nudge His way into my heart all I could see were His anachronistic clothes and fluffy curls. He certainly lacked the grandeur I liked to see on my Christs.
After a while though, I began to wonder if that’s sometimes the way other people see me – out of place, draped in fabrics. An over-dressed and under tended relic of old-world aesthetics. Displaced, like my little statues, in a world of Target fashions.
Sometimes our looks can keep the world distracted – they see the clothes, the rings, the tangled hair and they think they know what’s inside.
For a long while, the Infant of Prague’s clothing did just that to me. My eyes skimmed over Him, never really seeing. But He’s persistent. When I realized that He’d made my tiny house His own, I knew I had to meet Him at last.
History of the Infant of Prague
The Infant of Prague has been a devotional image for hundreds of years. No one knows exactly when or how the devotion began. Medieval art is full of statues of the Imperial Christ Child – often holding a globe or a small bird in His hands.
At some point, one of these statues made its way to the city of Prague. That statue was rumored to have belonged to St. Teresa of Avila. She gave it to a Spanish princess, who married a Bohemian nobleman and brought the statue with her to her new life in Prague.
Later, a pious princess gave that same statue to an order of Carmelite friars, promising them that if they honored the image of Christ, He would take care of all their needs. The friars were faithful and devoted. They even professed their vows in the chapel where the Infant stood. But war came to Prague and in all the turmoil, the tiny King was neglected.
The Statue lay broken and forgotten for years. When it was finally found, its tiny waxen hands had broken off. But the priest who found it prayed before the image and heard the voice of Christ saying “Have pity on me, and I will have pity on you. Give me my hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor me, the more I will bless you”. The statue was repaired and has stayed in a position of honor ever since.
Ever since then, pilgrims have come to honor the waxen image of the Child Christ. Copies of the statue are everywhere around the world – including my tiny house.
Devotions to the Infant
Two of my Infants come to me through my mother. The larger statue still has the quarter she taped to His back as a child. He has changeable robes and a bright crown.
These days, He triumphs over our family altar, and besides my mother’s quarter, we have our own coin tapped to His back. It’s a way of entrusting our family finances to the Christ Child. According to legend, He’s promised that all who care for His statue will never want.
The Infant as a financial advisor is such a delightful devotion. Entrusting our money to the generous Child, who was born in a stable and grows to tell a rich young man to give away all is an act of hope.
The Infant of Prague reminds us that He is a King who’s willing to lose everything for love’s sake, and we, His followers should do the same. But He also whispers, ‘consider the lilies of the field’ and promises to give us peace.
In times of famine and poverty devotion to the Infant of Prague grows as families realize that there is no certainty apart from God. For those of us who find ourselves facing under-employment, unemployment, mounting debt, and economic instability, the Infant of Prague is an ideal patron.
Watching the Weather
But the Infant doesn’t just tend to our worldly security. His reach is wide. Like many old-world saints, the Infant is known for His attention to the weather. The Church has always been full of prayers for good weather, gentle seasons, and the blessing of the land. These devotions have fallen away recently, but many priests and enthusiastic parishes are bringing them back.
It’s a good idea, as we watch the earth rage and suffer in these recent years, to rekindle our prayers for the land itself. Devotions to calm the weather and heal the earth are beautiful and helpful. The Infant of Prague is one of those earth-healing devotions.
Like all children, the Christ Child loves the natural world; as it’s Creator, He can also calm it when it’s angry. Traditional Irish devotions set the statue in a window so that He can watch over the land and keep it from devastation. In our house, I give the statue a stone necklace to wear and pray ‘Arise, O Lord, and redeem us for thy Name’s sake” when violent weather threatens.
Protector of Children and the Sick
Of course, the Holy Infant is a special patron of children. There is a flying novena in honor of the Infant of Prague especially for children in dire need. Every hour, for 9 hours, say the novena to the Infant of Prague for the child, and entrust him or her to the Holy Child.
Other devotions for children involve 9-day novenas as well. We like to leave out slices of cake or burn votives before the statue of the Infant to ask His intercession for struggling children, unborn babies, and confused teenagers.
Christ is a tender shepherd though, and He never limits His ability to heal. The Infant of Prague is famous for healing diseases and hopeless disorders. Just as Christ went around healing the sick during His earthly ministry, He continues to heal through devotion to the Infant of Prague.
The Generous Child
Devotion to the Infant of Prague has spread throughout the world. In grand basilicas and humble, rural homes, He holds a place of honor. But sometimes, visitors still look at Him in wonder. This overdressed Child in His puffy, white robes looks like a child destined for playground bullying.
He doesn’t fit our mass-marketed, product-saturated world. He’s out of place, and He reminds us that we are all out of place. We’re all made for something greater.
The lush, abundant Infant of Prague teaches us to see the world with new eyes. He introduces us to the wisdom of children and the magic of beauty. Oscar Wilde once said that “we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Entrusting ourselves to the Infant of Prague, we learn to look up again and see the stars with the wonder of a Child.


January 25, 2020 message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace!



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January 25, 2020
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Dear Family of Mary,

Here is the January 25, 2020 message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace!
"Dear children! Today I am calling you to pray even more, until you feel the holiness of forgiveness in your heart. There must be holiness in the families, little children, because there is no future for the world without love and holiness - because in holiness and joy, you give yourselves to God the Creator who loves you with immeasurable love. This is why He sends me to you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (January 25, 2020)

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2020


Consecration to St. Joseph (Fr. Calloway)

The book "Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of our Spiritual Father" will be published on January 1, 2020. It will be a 33-Day preparation for consecration to St. Joseph. It will be for individuals, groups, and parishes, and will initiate the first worldwide movement of consecration to St. Joseph. Follow the facebook blog: https://www.facebook.com/consecration... On January 1, 2020, purchase the book at: www.fathercalloway.com


Bishop Fintan Monahan

Bishop to lead historic Medjugorje trip

Bishop to lead historic Medjugorje tripBishop Fintan Monahan
Bishop Fintan Monahan is to become one of the first Irish bishops to lead a group to Medjugorje. It comes after the Vatican changed rules which had banned bishops from leading groups before this point, though they were free to visit the Marian shrine in a private capacity.
Bishop Monahan will serve as spiritual director to a group of Irish pilgrims from July 22-29.
Pilgrims will have an opportunity to participate in the full spiritual programme that is available in the village where six locals first reported apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1981. Ever since, it has been a popular pilgrimage site with an estimated 30,000 Irish people travelling annually.
For many years, the Vatican asked bishops not to lead pilgrimages because the apparitions do not yet have the official approval of the Church. However, in 2017 Pope Francis changed this and appointed an official envoy to the shrine prompting speculation that Rome will soon approve the phenomenon.
The Papal envoy, Archbishop Henryk Hoser, has hailed in particular the number of people who go to confession while in Medjugorje and the charitable work flowing from the shrine.
If you would like to participate in this historic pilgrimage, please see page 13 of this week’s edition for more information or call Marian Pilgrimages on (Dublin) (01) 878 8159 or (Belfast) 028 9568 0005, or email info@marian.ie


Our Lady’s January 2, 2020 apparition to Mirjana

Today, January 2nd, 2020, Our Lady appeared to Mirjana Soldo at the Blue Cross near the base of Apparition Hill and gave the following message:


Medgugorje: Our Lady's message to Mirjana of January 2, 2020

Our Lady’s message to Mirjana Soldo for January 2nd 2020

Dear children,
I know that I am present in your lives and in your hearts. I feel your love, I hear your prayers and direct them to my Son. But, my children, according to motherly love, I desire to be in the lives of all of my children. I desire to gather all of my children around me, beneath my motherly mantle. This is why I am inviting you and calling you, apostles of my love, to help me.

My children, my Son pronounced the words of the ‘Our Father’—Our Father, [you] who are everywhere and in our hearts—because He desires to teach you to pray with words and feelings. He desires for you to always be better, to live merciful love which is prayer and limitless sacrifice for others.

My children, give to my Son love for your neighbours, give words of consolation, compassion and acts of justice to your neighbours. Everything that you give to others, apostles of my love, my Son accepts as a gift. I am also with you, because my Son desires for my love, as a ray of light, to bring your souls to life; for me to help you in the search for peace and eternal happiness. Therefore, my children, love one another, be united through my Son, be children of God who all together, with full, open and pure heart, pronounce the ‘Our Father’. And do not be afraid!   Thank You
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