Childlike Confidence

I love watching children.  No one can remind me of profound truths like my nieces and nephews.  They see the world with great simplicity and wonder and have such confidence in their parents.  Seeing a mother or father interact with their child is beautiful.  Yes, I realize children are not angels, but what is amazing to watch, and can be found even in the messiest and most frustrating moments, is what family is meant to portray – sacrificial love.  Parents worry, guide, teach, nurture and protect.  Children take that and reciprocate in their own way.  Look into a child’s eyes as they hand you a sweaty bouquet of dandelions – what do you see?  And to whom do they run to when they are hurt or scared?    They have a simple confidence in the unconditional love of their parents and a deep faith they will be there to guide and protect them.

All too often, something tragic happens as we grow up.  True, we are told to put off childish things and to be as wise as serpents.  But we are also instructed to be pure as doves; too often we lose those childlike qualities God wants us to keep.  To look at His world with wonder and awe.  To offer our simple obedience and let Him lavish us with His loving guidance.  To run to Him when we are scared or in need.

When I first started discerning with the Dominican nuns, Sr. Mary Assumpta, O.P., may she rest in peace, told me a story related to the founding of Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park.  The first nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery came to the Bay area in the early 1900’s.  To support the community, they made vestments, beautifully sewn and embroidered.  After they arrived in California, they needed vestment orders to survive, much less build the new foundation, but none came.  The nuns started praying a novena to the Infant of Prague.  Toward the end of the novena, they received their first order.  It was for a complete set of vestments for…the Infant of Prague.  Someone wanted a new set for their statue.  Happily, the nuns set to work and other vestments orders soon followed, getting the foundation off to a good start.  To this day, the novitiate at Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park is under the patronage of the Infant of Prague.

As I continue my discernment and work with the Laboure Society, I’ve been reminded many times to cherish a childlike confidence in God’s provision.  Just as I trust Him who moved me to a religious vocation, He has shown me time and again how He invites others to support His work of cultivating holy vocations by offering their prayers, treasure, and talent by helping spread the word about the Laboure Society and my aspirant class.  I am simply a mouthpiece for the invitation.  It is ultimately His work.

A couple months ago, I stumbled across a prayer card with the Infant of Prague on the front.  On the back is a “Novena of Childlike Confidence”.  There is much in our world right now that would steal away our innocence, our purity, our simple confidence in God and isolate us from God and each other.  Entrust yourself to our Heavenly Father by running to His Son, Jesus.  Place yourself in Mary’s arms, and allow her to carry you to Him.  Like any good Father, He may not answer in the way you expect, but He knows how to give good gifts to His children and will always lovingly provide exactly what you, His child, need.

Powerful Novena of Childlike Confidence

(This Novena is to be said at the same time every hour for Nine consecutive hours during just one day).

O Jesus, Who has said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you,” through the intercession of Mary, Thy Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.

(Make your request)

O Jesus, Who has said, “All that you ask of the Father in My Name, He will grant you,” through the intercession of Mary, Thy Most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask Thy Father in Thy Name that my prayer be granted.

(Make your request)

O Jesus, Who hast said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away but My word shall not pass,” through the intercession of Mary, Thy Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.

(Make your request)

Comments

  1. During this Holy Season, Pray that all will be well for everyone. For my own personal intentions, a financial blessing to ease the debt burden. Prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries today and look forward to continuing to celebrate the joy of Easter.

    Blessings and Faithfully In Christ +

    Christopher Mracek
    Past Grand Knight / 3rd Year Trustee
    Knights of Columbus
    Blessed Junipero Serra Council #9498
    Mission San Diego de Alcala
    http://www.KofC9498.org

    “Vivat Jesus!”

    To Jesus through Mary

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