Sunday, September 28, 2003

Yet Another Infant of Prague Tragedy

Another reader writes in:

“It has to be over 20 years since I even thought of the Infant of Prague and a gal at work yesterday mentioned something and all of a sudden my memory clicked.

“We have had our statue for at least 40 years.

“When my daughter was very small she played with it as a doll. I called her on the phone yesterday and asked about it, asked her if she remembered and at first she didn’t. I called her back again today and asked the same question. She does remember and told me it’s in her attic with her other dolls. I told her, ‘Baby Jesus’ is in the attic and we need to bring him out!

“She told me that his head was broken off so when she and her husband bring it down we need to try and fix him. I can’t believe we put that blessed baby in the attic.

“Just wanted to share with you all.”
Tragedy Befalls Another Holy Infant Statue

A reader recently sent along this note:

“On our Native reservation we sometimes have mass in the senior building.

“There is a statue of the Infant of Prague there. Just before the blackout [that hit the Northeast/Midwest] they moved the piano and the statue fell.

“It didn’t appear to be damaged, but the next day when we picked it up, both hands had broken off!

“This happened to another person’s statue also, so it must be an omen.”

Omen or not, that’s certainly disturbing, and it’s always a shame a tragedy such as this leaves the Infant handless or headless.

Monday, September 15, 2003

Our Lady of Sorrows

Today the Church celebrates the memorial known as Our Lady of Sorrows.

As a Marian feast, many Catholics today are making certain to pray to rosary, alone or with others.

And some will also pray what is known as the Rosary, or Chaplet, of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

This rosary, or chaplet, consists of seven groups of seven beads, with three additional beads, and a crucifix. On each of the seven beads of the seven groups is prayed the Hail Mary in remembrance of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

Begin by the making the sign of the cross while holding the crucifix. Then skip to the first group of seven beads. While praying the Hail Mary seven times, one for each bead of each of the seven groups, meditate on each of the following sorrows, in this order:

1. The Prophecy of Simon.
2. The Flight into Egypt.
3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple.
4. Meeting Jesus Carrying the Cross.
5. The Crucifixion.
6. Receiving the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
7. Placing the Body of Jesus in the Tomb.

Then on the remaining three beads pray three additional Hail Marys in remembrance of the many tears Mary shed on behalf of the sufferings of her Divine Son, this in order that we may obtain true sorrow for our sins.

Conclude with the following prayers:

V. Pray for us, O most sorrowful Virgin.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Lord Jesus, we now implore, both for the present and for the hour of our death, the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose holy soul was pierced at the time of Thy passion by a sword of grief. Grant us this favor, O Savoir of the world, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.