“I think you’re just saying that because you’re worried about me.”
Those words were quietly uttered to me by my son last week when my husband and I suggested he lengthen his stay at our house over the holidays. I was taken back a bit by his words, but had to admit, he was right. We were worried about him. He had been recently dealing with a lot of stress which led to sleep issues, but seemed to improve so much while at home, goofing around with his sister and two brothers. A change of scenery and a break from the stress he’d been dealing with worked wonders for him.
I later explained that he was right. We did worry about him, just like we worry about all of our kids. Yes, he’s twenty-eight years old. Yes, he’s married. But we’re parents and parents worry. That’s what we do best. And that’s normal. Continue reading
I came across something a while back as I was paging through a great book called “Saintly Advice” (who couldn’t use some of that?) and it occurred to me that there are probably a lot of people out there now who might find some comfort in these words. So, I decided to share it with you, along with my thoughts. It is an intercessory prayer to the Infant Jesus of Prague.
The story that accompanies this particular intercession is this: A statue of the Infant Jesus wearing a long gown and holding a bird in his hand was carved some time in the fourteenth century It found its way to Prague where, in 1628, a young priest found the statue in the ruins after the Saxons and Swedes invaded. He cleaned the sculpture and noticed that the Divine Infant’s hand needed repair, but he had neither the money nor the skill to do it. He asked the Blessed Mother to help provide funds. A man then passed by the church and fixed the statue’s hand, and great miracles were reported after the repair. Because of its history, the Infant Jesus of Prague can be called upon when emergency funds are needed. The prayer is as follows: