Gentle travels: The National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague

Greetings, gentle travelers! I know a lot of you are using up your left over vacation days this week before you lose them. So, what better time than now to travel to all those awesome and exotic locales that Oklahoma has to offer? While I know the majority of you are returning those sweaters to the Izod store at the new outlet mall (why would your mom think you would wear that?) and wallowing in your Crisco-laden baked good leftovers, why not remember the reason for the season? That is, if you aren’t already all Jesused out from Christmas.

That’s right, readers. Today we are traveling to the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague. I know it’s your favorite sign on the turnpike when you’re driving to Tulsa, and each time you think about stopping to see what the hubbub is about. But then you’re obnoxious friend in the back seat who thinks he’s being funny when he quotes stoner comedies and Family Guy will inevitably start reciting the baby Jesus dinner prayer directly from Talladega Nights and you know you have to keep driving to get that choade to stop. Well, I left that dude at home today. That’s why I’m here.

Apparently, baby Jesus showed up at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church about sixty years ago, and ever since, he’s been doing all manner of favors and miracles for the kind folks there. While my European history is a bit squiffy since I used to skip school a lot in high school, there’s a story of war and royal marriage that accompanies the idea behind the statue. I don’t really know what it all means, and if you’re genuinely interested in this statue, then let me say that TLO is probably not the place to get your infant Jesus information.

If you plan to stop by, because Prague seems like a good idea to you, then you should head out there during one of the many pilgrimages they have. You get to attend mass, enjoy some lunch, and say a novena for the infant Jesus. Grab yourself a kolachi and light a candle. At least you can then say that you’ve been to the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Buy a t-shirt if they have them. And get one for me.