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Consecration to the Holy Child of Prague

Prayer to the Child Jesus recitated every evening in the Sanctuary of Arenzano

Prayer by Father F. Cyril OCD

Prayer revelated by our Lady (to the venerable Father F. Cyril OCD)

Novena to the Child Jesus

Morning Prayer to the Child Jesus

Prayer To Be Said by a Sick Person

Prayer To Be Said FOR a Sick Person

Advent Prayer (not an official devotional prayer)

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God has placed in men's hearts an instinctive response to the helplessness of childhood. It is His will that this response, as all others, be made to His Son, who "being rich, became poor for your sake. in order that by His poverty you might become rich" (2 Cor. 8, 9). God ordained that Jesus should know all life's stages: infancy, childhood, youth, that He should be like us in everything, except sin.

Our Lord knew the frailty of babyhood. He had to be nursed and carried about in Mary's arms, to watch with wondering eyes the world unfading to His growing intelligence. There is no stage of growth that Jesus has not sanctified for us by living it Himself. And childhood seems to hold a special place in His heart.

For as a grown man, it was a child whom He took in His arms to hold up as a model for His disciples. "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" they had asked Him. Christ's answer was: "I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven at all! Anyone, therefore, who is as unassuming as this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Mt. 18,1-5). This teaching should not be misunderstood. Jesus is not commending childishness, timidity, lack of spiritual maturity.


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