The statue on the gradines next to the tabernacle of HSH was donated by Father K.L. Very regal, majestic, sovereign, trustworthy…. the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the Prince of the most profound peace. He holds the world in the one hand while blessing us with the other. It seems to me that all would do well to turn to the young Jesus to ask for His blessing and protection, starting with the young Jesus so young that we have to go back to the time of His conception in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, a time from which Pope Pius XII said that Jesus embraced in His soul the entire Mystical Body of Christ.
The Infant of Prague is traditionally sought out for help in dire circumstances, especially regarding food and shelter. I like that.
This reminds me of the time I was in the Carmelite Church in Prague, where I had a little tour of the church and…. under the church, the latter being not so nice. I encouraged the one who was there to do something about the ongoing travesty that one finds there. The soviet thugs ripped apart the graves of the nuns buried there, leaving the corpses exposed. I tried to explain to the fellow that the Iron Curtain had fallen and that he was free to bury the bodies once again… Nothing, at least at the time.
All that violence of the soviet crowd is within living memory. Horrific for those involved. They are frozen in fear to this day. That’s how bad things are.
Does the Infant of Prague not care what is happening under His own two feet? Of course He does. But this is just how trustworthy He is: when we need something of this world, He will provide. When we need to be tortured and die for the faith, He will provide us the grace to endure this with enthusiasm as well.
You have to know that, contrary to the horror I’ve often heard from various pulpits, the little Jesus knew His mission upon this earth to die upon the cross for us. He knows what it’s all about. Perhaps it’s a thing of our age that some think that youngsters aren’t really people, aren’t capable of a relationship with God, and are to be treated at the caprice of others, and that that’s why the Infant of Prague is just another silly devotion for them. Not a silly devotion! Note the cross that crowns the crown He wears with such unction, the cross over the globe, and the cross ’round about His neck. Hmmm…. a theme of the cross, a perfect Hero for Holy Souls Hermitage!