The Legend of the the Flores de Noche Buena

PepitaIn other words the Legend Flowers of the Holy Night or simply The Legend of the Christmas Flowers!

Pepita was a poor Mexican girl, children at her age was ready with Christmas present to Christ Child at Christmas Eve Services in her village chapel. She was so poor to afford a present. Pepita was sad and she walked slowly to the village chapel with her cousin Pedro. Pedro too was sad, but tried to cheer her up. He inspired her by saying ‘Pepita, I am sure, that even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes’.

Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds and made a small bouquet for her little Jesus. Looking at the scraggly bunch of weeds, she felt more saddened and embarrassed than ever by the humbleness of her offering.

She fought back tears as she entered the small village chapel. As she approached the alter to offer the Christmas gift, she remembered Pedro’s kind words: “Even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes.” She felt her spirit lift as she knelt to lay the bouquet at the foot of the nativity scene. She became courageous and kept her chin up, her love for little Jesus streamed from her heart, but for the onlookers it was unpleasant scene.

Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red, and all who saw them were certain that they had witnessed a Christmas miracle right before their eyes.

From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night, for they bloomed each year during the Christmas season.

It may be a legend, but each Christmas we get a chance to meet girls like Pepita, are we reaching out to them? or are we busy with our Christmas parties?
Let us do a miracles… Change that poor little girls weeds into wonderful flowers and make her smile.
Merry Christmas!

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In lux aeterna!! He is coming!

babyjesusHe comes out to meet us, and his desire is to set up in us a new universe of life, light and love, so that we may be able to make our way towards the depth of his being and intimacy with him, to speak to him as our friend.

THE NATIVITY

Thphoto0344e tradition of having a nativity scene or “crèche” was made popular by St. Francis of Assisi. It is a reproduction of the cave in Bethlehem with Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus in a manger, shepherds, angels, and animals. Each night during Advent, children are encouraged to place in the manger one piece of straw for each good deed done that day by a family member. This Advent tradition combines the spirit of conversion and the coming of Jesus. There is a blessing ceremony provided by the Church in the Book of Blessings for the crèche.

Ref# Fr. Hal Stockert, Fishnet
Ref# EWTN