The Little Way is one of the most popular icons and prayers grown on the farm. Rumor has it the icon was created in Bulgaria. The little prayer underneath the image came from the lips of my granddaughter at age three when she was missing her Momma. My Pastor pointed out that this phrase illuminates the stupendousness of the Incarnation of Christ. He said that Christians sometimes think that the cross and the resurrection are the most amazing things Jesus did. He emphasized that actually the most profound thing God the Son did was to chose to need us and our love forever and ever when He became fully human, yet fully God. To permanently fuse His infinity with our humanity, to submit to needing His diaper changed, needing His Momma's milk, needing us to love Him... well, there is a reason it is celebrated as the greatest mystery by the Church and flat out rejected by so many other faith traditions as unthinkable.
The little prayer around the icon contains the three 'words' of our Mother Mary which can be used as a breath prayer. They too reflect that complete surrender to the will of God the Father. Momma Mary and Jesus are the perfect example of this complete loving surrender.
Ecce: Behold here I am, no one of consequence... (when lungs are empty)
Fiat: Let it be to me as you have said... (breathing in)
Magnificat: Praise be to God for... well read the song of Mary, you'll get it... (breathing out)
The prayer on the back has been distilled from the consecration prayers of many Saints. Fr. Michael Gaitley shares many of these in his books " 33 Days to Divine Mercy" and "33 Days to Morning Glory", books that are read on the farm nearly every year.
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