Friday, December 19, 2014

The Infant of Prague Novena will not fail us

My mom recently flew back to Hawaii.  No sooner did she arrive at baggage claim when she started thanking the Infant of Prague for answering all her requests.  I believe one of them was for a safe and uneventful flight.

To my utter surprise, the Christmas novena to the Infant of Prague started the day after my mom's arrival!  I should have learned by now that there are no coincidences.  My mom is very confident that the Divine Infant will not let us down.  He will answer our least the way God wills it.


O Jesus, Who has said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you 
shall find, knock and it shall be opened," through the 
intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I 
ask that my prayer be granted. 

(Make your request) 

O Jesus, Who has said, "All that you ask of the Father in My Name, 
He will grant you," through the intercession of Mary Your Most 
Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask your Father in your name 
that my prayer will be granted. 

(Make your request) 

O Jesus, Who has said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away but My 
word shall not pass away," through the intercession of Mary Your 
Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted. 

(Make your request) 


Divine Infant Jesus, I know You love me and would never leave me. 
I thank You for Your close Presence in my life. 

Miraculous Infant, I believe in Your promise of peace, blessings, 
and freedom from want. I place every need and care in Your hands. 

Lord Jesus, may I always trust in Your generous mercy and love. I 
want to honor and praise You, now and forever. Amen. 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Advent Moment - O Wisdom!

O Sapientia (December 17) O Wisdom (Eccl 24: 5), you came forth from the mouth of the Most High (Sir 24: 30), and reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly (Wis 8: 1). Come, and teach us the way of prudence (Isa 40: 14).
Catholic Culture

We have a week left before Christmas Eve is here.  Let us take a moment to collect ourselves:

Are we ready for the Baby Jesus' arrival? Or, have we lost sight of Him in the hustle and bustle in our preparation for Christmas?  If the second one is our answer, then we should really consider pausing what we are doing.

We still have time to do the following:

1.  Attend an Advent penance service or go to a priest for confession.

2.  Learn more about the Church's ancient tradition of the O Antiphons.  You can start by clicking the link to Catholic Culture above.

3.  Light the Advent candles and do spiritual reading with your family or just sit still, and listen for God's gentle whisper.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chaldean Patriarch asks pre-Christmas fast for Iraqi Christian refugees

The Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church has asked his people to undertake a pre-Christmas fast for the needs of Christian refugees in Iraq.

Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako suggested fasting from December 22 through Christmas Eve, and avoiding “worldly celebration” on Christmas and New Year’s days, in solidarity with “displaced brothers and sisters, who are going through indescribable suffering.” He encouraged prayer, fasting, and acts of charity for the refugees during the remainder of Advent.

“We fast for the liberation of Mosul and the villages of the Nineveh plains, so that peace and security will return to these areas, and everyone will be able to return to his or her home, job and school,” the Patriarch said.
Catholic Culture

Christmas Novenas December 17th to December 25th

Some of you may be praying the. Andrew Christmas Novena.  Here are two more novenas for those of you who aren't.

1.  Thanks to TRIREGNUM sensus catholicus  for sharing about the novena to the Divine Infant King. More information can be found by clicking the link above.

2.   EWTN's Christmas Novena can be found here.

Wishing you and your family a good Advent journey to Christmas.