One Book Alone: the Crucifix

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Come and See 37 – 3rd Sunday of Advent A
Isaiah 35: 1- 6a, 10
James 5: 7 – 10
Mathew 11: 2 -11

Blessed Claudio Granzotto,[1] 47 years old, did not have much to give God, but all he had was his patience in the pursuit of holiness.

He was the youngest son of nine from a poor peasant family. His father passed away when he was nine. He later became a professor of sculpture after many years of working in different areas, including in the army. No matter where he was and what he did, he was faithful to pray in front of the tabernacle, “If Jesus is there, where else would you want to be?”

How many books must I read to discover the secret of your prayer?” Claudio replied, “One book alone: the Crucifix.

Although he was known as a promising artist, in 1933, he joined the Franciscans with a full deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. When being asked, “How many books must I read to discover the secret of your prayer?” Claudio replied, “One book alone: the Crucifix.” Although his holiness was well known, he remained hidden with extraordinary humility and the love of chastity. He died on the dawn of the feast of the Assumption in 1947 and was beatified in November 20, 1994.

Dear Thiếu Nhi Thánh Thể, the Third Sunday of Advent invites you to be patient and courageous in pursuit of holiness. Your prayers will definitely be answered, not according to your expectation, but they will be clearly revealed in your days ahead. Just be patient with God and faithful in prayers. Take as many opportunities as possible to come to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament where all your desires, concerns, worries will be heard and sympathized. He is there only for you.

Lord, through the inspiration of Blessed Claudio, help TNTT to love you more in the Blessed Sacrament. Amen.

Br. huynhquảng


[1] Summarize from Brian O’Neel, 39 New Saints You Should Know (Ohio: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2010).

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