UNBORN WORD of the day

Jesus Identifies with the unborn
May 27, 2007, 8:35 pm
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae

Today is the Feast day of St. Senator, Archbishop of Milan, Italy, and papal legate, St. Senator was sent as a papal representative to the Council of Chalcedon (451). The Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. was one of a number of Councils that took a stand against a world that wanted to minimize the Incarnation.

Recall how in the early centuries of Christianity the issue of Jesus having a human physical body was challenged again and again. The Fathers of the Church were constantly pushing back against confused heretical theories claiming that Jesus was some kind of phantom. For example, St. Cyril of Jerusalem once echoed the sentiments of St. Paul regarding the reality of the resurrection (see I Cor 15:17) when he countered these falsehoods about the Incarnation by stating: “For if the incarnation was a phantasm, so too is salvation a phantasm.”

Today factions within society challenge and question the personhood and identity of unborn children, just as in the early centuries of Christianity the Personhood and Identity of Jesus Christ was repeatedly called into question. The Church is now taking a leading role in proclaiming and clarifying the unique personhood of each unborn child.

“Endowed with a spiritual soul, with intellect and with free will, the human person is from his very conception ordered to God and destined for eternal beatitude. He pursues his perfection in “seeking and loving what is true and good” (GS 15 § 2). The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1711.

“Some people try to justify abortion by claiming that the result of conception, at least up to a certain number of days, cannot yet be considered a personal human life. But in fact, “from the time that the ovum is fertilized, a life is begun which is neither that of the father nor the mother; it is rather the life of a new human being with his own growth. It would never be made human if it were not human already. This has always been clear, and … modern genetic science offers clear confirmation. It has demonstrated that from the first instant there is established the programme of what this living being will be: a person, this individual person with his characteristic aspects already well determined. Right from fertilization the adventure of a human life begins, and each of its capacities requires time-a rather lengthy time-to find its place and to be in a position to act”. Even if the presence of a spiritual soul cannot be ascertained by empirical data, the results themselves of scientific research on the human embryo provide “a valuable indication for discerning by the use of reason a personal presence at the moment of the first appearance of a human life: how could a human individual not be a human person?”. Evangelium Vitae, 60

“… which expresses our appreciation for life and that human individuality, human personality is present from the first moment (of life). “LifeNews.com Pope Benedict XVI, May 9, 2007

To see photos of unborn babies

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