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St. Wenceslaus in legend we celebrate today


Wenceslaus in legend
There are many legends about King Wenceslaus. An old one claims a huge army of knights sleep inside Blaník, a mountain in the Czech Republic. The knights will awake and under the command of St. Wenceslaus bring aid to the Czech people when they face ultimate danger.

There is a similar great legend in Prague which says that when the Motherland is in danger or in its darkest times and close to ruin, the equestrian statue of King Wenceslaus in Wenceslaus Square will come to life, raise the army sleeping in Blaník, and upon crossing the Charles Bridge his horse will stumble and trip over a stone, revealing the legendary sword of Bruncvík. With this sword, King Wenceslaus will slay all the enemies of the Czechs, bringing peace and prosperity to the land.

He is the subject of the popular Christmas Carol “Good King Wenceslas”.

Thus, we can anticipate Christmas or we can take time today to appreciate Saint Wenceslaus in the communion of saints. Not only do I love his name which speaks of uniqueness but I read that Wenceslaus taught that the safest place to meet the trials of life or to prepare for eternal life is before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

So today I anticipate Christmas and eternal life and commit to taking time before the Blessed Sacrament for prayer today. I have an unreal schedule but there is definitely nothing more important than spending time before the Eucharistic presence.
I will carry each of you in prayer today as well.

May St. Wenceslaus’s prayers free us from our self-seeking and help us to serve God with all our hearts.

Spirit of God, throught the mystery of Your Divine Indwelling, may I submit to Your Will and Your Way in everyday life. Amen