01 December 2013
Preparing for the Infant King at the Shrine of Christ the King
Some readers may know of the monthly Novena to the Infant King observed by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago.
However, the reasons for the Novena, and the devotion, may be less well known.
That's why it is a good idea, particularly at the start of Advent, to check out this interview at the Institute's website for some of the history and spirituality behind it.
What is the significance or connection of the Infant King to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest?
A. The devotion to the Infant King is a wonderful expression of Salesian Spirituality in the service of our Divine King. St. Francis de Sales, our spiritual father, had a very special devotion to the Christ Child and Christmas was his favorite feast day. It is in the Christ Child that we see majesty and sweetness; divinity and accessibility; holiness and attraction. This is the very message the members of the Institute preach: that our Faith is inviting; the practice of our Faith is joyful and sanctity awaits us.
From your observation of the faithful, what would you say is the chief benefit of having a devotion to the Divine Infant?
A. It may sound redundant, butthe chief benefit of this devotion is that we all grow in devotion, in devotedness. The Infant King devotion makes us become more devout. The adorably attractive charism of the Christ Child, not only increases the faithful’s desire for holiness, but also shows that we can get there by "baby steps"; little by little. His warm smile instantly conquers our temptations to discouragement.