tender little Child,
gentle and lovable,
for me you are all the
that there is on this poor earth,
making Himself man,
a little baby.
O my infant Jesus,
that I might become
Each year, the memory of St. Francis' outstanding
devotion to the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God is renewed
wherever a Christian creche scene is erected. Joined with the Little
Poor Man's tender love for the Word Incarnate and his desire to see it
as it really was on the night of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem was Francis'
impressive determination to bring forth Christ in his own life.
his simple prayer to the Infant Jesus, we find a perfect blending of these
basic elements of Franciscan spirituality.The sentiments of the Seraphic
Father has so movingly expressed invite us all to join him in asking the
little Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, to make our hearts and our lives
ever more confirmed to His own. Then will the true spirit of Christ's
birth reign in the world all year long!
O my Infant Jesus