Santo Nino de Atocha Minibook
Title: Santo Nino de Atocha
Authors: Bob and Penny Lord
Publisher: Journeys of Faith
Format: Printed minibook
Santo Niño de Atocha
Shrine of the Miracle of the Cross at Chimayo, New Mexico that also has a Shrine to Santo Niño de Atocha
The Child Jesus has been a powerful part of Catholic devotion by the Church at large and the Saints in particular, for as far back as we can remember. Our dear Lord Jesus comes to us, in this stage of His life, as do all infants, innocent, vulnerable, untouched by the world. Although we realize that Jesus never ceased being innocent, eternally untouched by the world, it is through His touching vulnerability as a Child that He comes to us most intimately. We find the same feelings welling up, as when we look upon the innocence of a baby or little child.
Although Jesus appears as a Child, He becomes infinitely involved with our every care, whether trivial or traumatic. He is always there, ready to implore His Father on our behalf. On the Cross, Jesus implored the Father, offering His Wounds and suffering up to Him for our sins and the sins of the world. As a Child, He pleads with His Father, crying Abba, or Daddy, presenting us to Him as little children who have need of their Father and His Mercy.
Bob and Penny traveled to Spain, Fresnillo, Mexico and Chimayo, New Mexico and tracked the history of the devotion to Santo Niño de Atocha. Witness the many miracles attributed to the Child Jesus under this title. He has been the salvation of His people in all ages and locatrions. In Spain, he fed the prisoners of the Moors and saved them from starvation. He kept them out of harm's way as they traveled the dangerous roads.
He saved them from snake bites, dehydration, starvation, and always brought them back to Mother Church. There is a tremendous devotion to the Santo Niño de Atocha to this day in many Hispanic countries.