On Saturday we will celebrate Divino Niño Day here in Hanceville, AL with our community and all who wish to join us at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament. This is a very special celebration for our Friars because Divino Niño is the reason we have our incredible Shrine.

In 1914, a Salesian priest, Fr. John Rizzo, felt a call to build a church for the people of Barranquilla, Colombia. His Superior instructed him to seek donations to fund the project, but most people in the town lived in immense poverty. After his first attempt to collect money, Fr. Rizzo came home empty handed.

The next day before he set out to gather donations, he knelt before a statue of Our Blessed Mother to pray. When he looked up, he noticed the Divine Infant Jesus in His Mother’s arms. At that moment, Fr. Rizzo committed his life and efforts to the Divine Infant, Divino Niño.

Not only did Fr. Rizzo succeed in raising money for a church to be built in Barranquilla, but he was also able to build another church when he was transferred to an impoverished section of Bogota a few years later. Fr. Rizzo placed an antique statue that he had found of the Child Jesus which read “Yo Reinare” (I will reign) in the church. He preached to the people about the miracles of the Divine Infant and encouraged them to have a special devotion to the Child Jesus. Many began to flock to the church because of the miracles that people were experiencing, all due to the devotion of the Divine Infant.

Why is this significant to the EWTN Friars? Our own Mother Angelica experienced a miracle at the Sanctuary of the Divine Infant Jesus in Bogota when she attended Mass there in 1995. While she was praying before the statue, she heard the voice of a young boy speak to her, “Build Me a Temple and I will help those who help you.”

As tears ran down her face, Mother Angelica quickly changed the plans she had in place to build a small, farm chapel. Instead, she arranged for a “temple” to be built, which resulted in the beautiful Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament that we have today in Hanceville. Of course, there is a statue of the Divine Infant Jesus for all to see. Mother Angelica’s love for the Divino Niño continued throughout her life and she frequently sought His intercession. In this, we follow her example!

Listen to Mother Angelica talk more about her incredible experience:

4 thoughts on “Divino Niño Day

  1. Please Baby Jesus please cure my stomach cancer and grant me long life and strength to do your will. I promise to proclaim you to the whole world. I promise to service you till the end. Thank you and Amen

  2. I love you, Jesus I thought about your day just yesterday, because 2 years ago I bought your little statue on a market here in France, just by chance, as the day before I was watching mother Angelica on video!!!
    God bless you all

  3. Holy Infant Jesus, thank you for coming to save us! Protect my grandchildren as they go back to school, Give them good health and help in their school work! Protect all my family and give good health to all! Light of the world and Prince of Peace! I love you Jesus!

  4. Urgent please prsy for my husband Francis to heal from and return to health urgently one week discomfort in tummy constipated please pray against this evil attack on our family my son to return to church and mass gain back his faith protect our business 😭😭😭🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️ Please pray for my daughter to heal as eell from skin allergy and ovarian cyst pray for my health i suvived cancer 2013 my husband was healed on his back Pray pray pray our business rents home rents We all work in this business Jesus deliver our home and family from this foe . In a vision i saw two dark hands around his neck three weeks ago i saw a horrible black square above our house i have been getting visions for years from my dedication to our lady Friday night i saw ny don flat on the ground Yesterday he arrived home from soccer injured My lord i beg you help pray for ny families lives. We have always been a dedicated family working for God and church For last twenty years Hesus we have endured so much mercy on my brother to stop alcohol and never return to it My husband converted to catholic faith in 2000 So much testamonies my children served as alter servers for years i was a lector and council memberfor years co ordinator of perpetual adoration years in my previous parish and my husband did soup kitchen and served as an adorer and kiosk assistant for twenty years We need your prayer his name is Francis I am Mags My son K Edward my daughter P Janine Katherine Govender my mom Sue now 84 Mom brother Des to leave out alcohol and my brother Sel needs baptism 62 Jesus we need your help lord i decalre and proclaim Isiah 45v 2 psalm 91 Ps 23 Urgently

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