"Ask all that you desire through the merits of My Holy Infancy; Nothing will be refused."
(Revealed to Ven. Sister Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament)
My devotion to the Divino Nino started around August 2009 when I watched a show on the “Miracles of the Child Jesus” on EWTN by Bob and Penny Lord. They talked about Mother Angelica's devotion to the Child Jesus; her love for Him inspired me to pray to Him. The first time I prayed to Child Jesus was when my tenant was having problems with her heat, it was a very cold week, and we did not have any money for repairs. We called the electrical company because they would allow us to pay them later. I prayed to Divino Nino to help us, and I promised to spread devotion to Him and give a small statue of Him to my tenant if he answered my prayer. The technician came, and after trying to figure out the problem he went up the stairs, and he miraculously stumbled on the cut cable that connected the thermostat, and we have not had any problems since then, and also the technician did not even charge us a penny.
Moreover, when we were having problems with a used car we bought, my family and I prayed to Divino Nino to help us, we took it to the mechanic several times, but no matter what they did the car kept breaking down. We promised a statue of Divino Nino to a priest friend of ours if our prayers were answered. Well, our car broke down six times, and after that, we decided to sell it to a mechanic who welcomed the challenge of finding out the problem with the car. Even though our prayers were not answered as we wanted it, we decided to praise Divino Nino in the “storm,” now we had no car and not enough money to buy one. We bought the statue anyway because I felt that we had to praise Him no matter what, little did I know the plans He had for us.
During Christmas, I was talking to a friend who had recently lost her husband, about our cars. Both cars kept breaking down no matter what we did, and with inspiration from the Holy Spirit, I told her that I was going to pray to Jesus to get us both a new car.
An idea came to me, I decided that I would ask a dealer to donate a car for my tenant, but I did not know where to start or where to go, and I did not have a car either, all I knew was that the dealer had to be a family owned business. The first thing we needed to do was to get a car for ourselves, and our first try was a disaster. We went to a dealer close to our home and spent around four hours trying to get a car that we liked, in the end, the deal did not work out because the price the salesperson had giving at the beginning turned out to be much more at the end of the deal. We walked out without a car, on the cab ride on our way home, it came to me that I had forgotten to pray to Divino Nino, so I decided that next time, I would bring the statue I had with me to buy a car. So, a week later we went to a second dealer, and I brought the statue with us. While there I realized that I had found the perfect dealer (family owned business) to ask for a car for my friend. When I was waiting for the paper work, I knew it was the dealer I had been looking for, and I was very nervous, but I knew it was now or never, so I prayed for the courage. I asked the car dealer owner with tears in my eyes because I could not stop them from coming, for a car for my friend. Surprisingly, the owner said yes, and I gave him my statue of Divino Nino, and I promised the owner that I would pray for him, for his family and his business for the rest of my life as a thank you for his generosity. Well, within two weeks my friend had a working car, and the owner of the car dealer sent us a card where he told us that we had changed his life completely.
I believe, we need the help of our Little Child Jesus, more than ever in our lives because of the kind of problems we are facing today through the world. Let us seek Him first, and Divino Nino will take care of everything thing else we need. “To those who seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, He has promised to give us everything we need. Since everything indeed belongs to God, he who possesses God wants for nothing, if he himself is not found wanting before God.” (Catechism 2830) The Father who gives us life cannot but give us the nourishment life requires - all appropriate goods and blessings, both material and spiritual. We must trust in His words. Remember, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35) The more you trust in Him, the more you will see His extraordinary miracles.
By Esmeralda Kiczek
The World War I Christmas Truce of 1914
On Christmas Eve, in the middle of the "war that will end all wars," a glimmer of peace flourished between the two rival armies. It was so cold that the water and snow turned into ice. The Germans to keep from freezing, lighted candles that marked their position making them easy targets. However, the British decided to hold their fire. With their binoculars, the British saw that the Germans held Christmas tree branches with lights over their head as a Christmas greeting. Then the British heard the Germans singing a Christmas Carol, it started with a few Germans and then all were singing, “Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!” The British troops joined them in singing in English, "Silent Night, Holy Night." Their song stopped the fighting. Both the Germans and the British soldiers ventured onto "no man's land," the territory between opposing trenches. Their superiors could not object because so many soldiers crossed. A truce had occurred even though it was undeclared and there was peace. Enemies no longer sat around a campfire, singing and exchanging small gifts from the little they had. These soldiers who founght against each other were now celebrating Christmas together. Not one shot was fired during that night; it truly was a "silent night." The Joy of Christmas brings out the best in people. This Christmas season, let us treat everyone, even our "enemies," as brothers and sisters. May our Christmas joy be evident to all we meet.
There are four gifts of Advent, one gift for every week and candle of Advent. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation to welcome Christ. During this period, God wants us to open our hearts to receive the four gifts of Advent. The four gifts of Advent are Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. The first gift of Advent is Hope. By being born into the world, Jesus gave us the hope of Heaven. The second gift is Love. Christ's profound love for us was His greatest motivator. The third gift is Joy. Joy came into the world when Christ was born. The fourth gift is Peace. Christ is the Prince of Peace, and He wants us to have a share in this peace. This Advent, let us fully embrace and reflect on the wonderful gifts God wants to give us.
The Patron Saint of the Impossible is St. Jude Thaddeus. St. Jude was one of the twelve apostles and a missionary to spread the Good News of Christ to the nations. He preached the gospel with strength and determination. With the power of the Holy Spirit, he performed many miracles while proclaiming the Word of God in foreign countries. St. Jude died a martyr for the faith.
Because of his name being similar to the traitor Judas, St. Jude was unknown to the Catholic world. However, during World War II, families invoked the aid of this powerful intercessor. Jesus told St. Bridget, “In accordance with his surname, Thaddeus, the amiable or loving, he will show himself most willing to give help.” Let us also invoke the aid of St. Jude, whose feast day is October 28.
"Saint Jude, Hope of the Hopeless, Pray for Us"
Finding that perfect Christmas Present can be tricky but here are six faith-inspired gifts that will be sure to check off everything on your list.
Immaculate Waters Soap
The National Shrine Shops have Immaculate Waters Soap made with love and pure Lourdes Grotto water. Their soaps are all natural and come in bar and liquid form in a variety of scents including lavender and rose. They also have lotions infused with the Lourdes water. These soaps and lotion are splendid gifts for your friends and family, order them at: nationalshrineshops.com
Rugged Rosaries are made of paracords and are built to last. Handcrafted in the U.S. and a portion of their profits donated to charity, Rugged Rosaries come in a variety of colors. Their motto is the spiritual strength, durability, and reliability of the Holy Rosary PLUS the proven strength, durability, and reliability of paracord. One review described them as "A truly unique present." Rugged Rosaries are a great gift for men and women of all ages, order them at: cordbands.com .
Little Catholic Clubhouse
The "Little Catholic Clubhouse" book series follows a group of intrepid young Catholic school kids who, with the help of their priest, answer the tough questions of the faith with teamwork, exploration, and fun. They currently have two books: "LCC & the True Meaning of Christmas," and "LCC & the Eucharist." With bright, bold colors, fun characters and easy to read stories, LCC is the perfect gift for young children, you can find them at: littlecatholicclubhouse.com
Proud Catholic Company
Proud Catholic Company is a family run company which sells faith focused apparel, graphics, and other printed products. They are designed to encourage and empower Catholics so they can live out the New Evangelization. This calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize others. 10% off their profits are donated. Their apparel comes in an array of styles with bold, faith inspired graphics and they have shirts designed for men, women, and children. proudcatholiccompany.com
Dolls from Heaven
Dolls from Heaven is a family business whose mission is to "Inspire children to become saints." Dolls from heaven are 18- inch Saint Dolls. They come with an outfit based on what the Saint wore during their life and a book which retells the inspiring life story of the saint. St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Joan of Arc, and St. John Paul II are their first dolls. Each of these saints' lives teaches and encourages children to follow Jesus. Order one today at: dollsfromheaven.com
A Catholic Family Bible
Every family could use a good Catholic bible, and my favorite is EWTN's Catholic Family Bible. This beautiful Family Bible features over one hundred pages of beautiful full-page illustration. It is written in large print, This Bible is the only one to feature the RSV Catholic Edition, a text acclaimed for its beauty, accuracy, and fidelity to tradition. It comes in ivory and black. You can get this stunning bible at: ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com
"Away in a Manger, no crib for a bed."
The King of the Universe, the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ was not born in a palace surrounded by commodities and wealth rather he was born in a manger surrounded by hay and animals. “Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family. Humble shepherds were the first witnesses to this event. In this poverty, heaven’s glory was made manifest” (CCC 525). Jesus could have chosen to be born in the lap of luxury, but instead, he humbled Himself and was born in poverty. Jesus through His decision wanted to teach us about Holy Poverty. He wanted to show us that God wants us to be humble and "poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God." Saint Paul said, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake, he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich" (2 Cor 8:9). Jesus gives us an example that material wealth is not the ultimate goal rather it is following God's will for us. This Christmas, let us reflect on how to live our lives with humility and Holy Poverty. Through Thy poverty, Infant Jesus, deliver us. Amen.
"And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." -Colossians 3:17
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on all God has given us throughout the year. We should thank Him for having a roof over our heads, the food we eat, our clothing, and for all the blessings He has given us. During Thanksgiving, we get distracted by cooking the turkey and all the trimmings, and the festivities. These distractions usually prevent us from taking the time to thank God. St. Teresa of Avila said, “In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things, give Him thanks.” One way we can show our appreciation to God is by taking the time to go to Mass on Thanksgiving. “The Mass is the holiest act of religion. You cannot do anything to glorify God more, nor profit your soul more, than by devoutly assisting at it, and assisting as often as possible," said St. Peter Julian Eymard. Another way we can show our thankfulness is by reliving Thanksgiving every day. During Thanksgiving, everyone in our family states what we are thankful for throughout the year. We can follow this tradition every day before our meals to show our gratitude to God. St. Mother Teresa offers us another way to give thanksgiving to God. She said, “The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.” Accepting all the comes with joy may seem difficult, but with the grace of God, anything is possible. Let us pray that this Thanksgiving day we can resolve to strive to thank God, every day for His blessings.
The Saint most invoked in my house is St. Anthony because he always comes to our aid when something is lost. St. Anthony of Padua was a poor Franciscan and a great preacher, who worked numerous miracles. One miracle is when he went on a hermitage. In the middle of the night, one of his companions saw a bright light from the tree house, where he was staying. Believing it was a fire, he burst into the room, only to see St. Anthony in ecstasy embracing the Baby Jesus.
St. Anthony had a deep trust in God and a zeal for spreading the faith. He never let any obstacle, such as hard-hearted heretics stop him from preaching the good news. He would find a way, like preaching to the fishes. As his feast day approaches, let us reflect on the ways we can use our God-given gifts to be shining witnesses to the world.
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5 Ways to Make Ordinary Time Extraordinary
Read the Gospel Daily
During Ordinary Time, the Church arranges the weekly Gospels readings to tell the story of Jesus’ daily life. Like the disciples, we will witness the extraordinary life of Jesus, through the Gospel. You can find the daily readings at USCCB.org.
Faith in Action
We can shake up Ordinary Time, by taking action. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, join your parish choir, create a prayer group, or any idea that you might have to spread the faith. It is time to wear our faith on our sleeve; it is time to TAKE ACTION.
A Prayer Routine
Ordinary Time can be used as a time to deepen our prayer life. We should make prayer part of our daily routine. A Prayer routine can be simple as promising to pray as short prayer in the morning, noon, and night.
Research a New Saint
One of the best ways to increase your faith is by reading the lives of the saints. There are so many extraordinary saints throughout history to discover. Make an effort to learn and reflect on the life of a new saint each week.
Like the game, “Where’s Waldo?” we can ask ourselves “Where’s Jesus” in our lives. This Ordinary Time let us find Jesus in the little things, such as, our daily sacrifices, nature, or in our neighbors. Jesus is everywhere, and it is up to us to find Him.
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A Poem on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, which the Apostles received on Pentecost
"Once weak and scared,
Up alone in my room,
I was totally unprepared,
Until you came
In the form of a dove,
You filled my heart,
No more did I live in fear,
You gave me,
The gift of wisdom,
So I can be
Someone who values You more than the world,
You gave me
The gift of understanding,
So I could finally see
Everything much clearer,
You gave me
The gift of counsel,
So I could be free
To choose what is right,
You gave me
The gift of fortitude,
So that I would never flee
You gave me
The gift of knowledge,
To understand thee
More and more,
You gave me
The gift of piety,
So that I can be the key
To your glory on earth,
You gave me
The gift of the fear of the Lord,
For I to finally see
The extent of your glory and majesty."
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