Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now. Teresa of Avila)The real story starts many hundreds of years ago when the heathens were waging war on the Christian outposts of the Spanish peninsula.
The little child smiled at him and said: Years passed, the monastery increased in size and vocations swelled the once quiets cells and cloistered walls.
The monk grew old but found it impossible to forget the small angelic child who paid him a visit during his youth.
Teresa herself to the Spanish Princess Maria Maxmiliana Manriquez de Lara y Mendoza of Borgos as a wedding present at the time she married the Bohemian (Czech) nobleman Lord Vratislav of Pernstein who then brought to Prague the treasured statue.
The couple gave birth to a daughter Polyxena who in 1587 married the most powerful bohemian Lord William of Rozmberk and the little wax figure was given over to Polyxena as a wedding present.
Soon however, tragedy would befall the city of Prague as the brutal and ruthless “Thirty Years War” finally caught up and took a firm grip across the length and breadth of Bohemia.
Albert, Saints Simon Stock, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux and in more recent 20Some years ago my parish priest at the time who had trained at Valladolid in Spain in the early 1960s would say that it was such a shame that after all of the liturgies at Christmas and then following a short period of the Churches calendar that the nativity crib should be put away for a whole year.
The priest who readily admitted to being a close follower of Carmelite spirituality would travel on retreat each year back to his beloved Spain and each time bring back a small porcelain piece of the nativity scene and over the years his personal collection became complete and he would have it permanently on display in the presbytery for guests and visitors to see and the important feature was that the Infant Jesus was there on display each day and everyday as a reminder of His Incarnation.
His little friend had visited this last time and had taken him home. Teresa of Jesus) and on her travels she would always carry a small replica with her.
Over the following years the statue became revered and honoured by the Spanish people. It is believed that the original figure was gifted by St.