UNBORN WORD of the day

St. Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975)
June 25, 2007, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians


Today June 26 is the Feast Day of St. Josemaria Escriva.

St Josemaria Escriva was asked a question by a social worker during one of the many talks he gave around the world. She wanted to know how to talk to the poor women who came to her as a social worker and as a Catholic when they were distressed after becoming pregnant – she wanted advice about what to say to them.

His responded in part: “Tell them they should be proud of the confidence God has in them, giving a baby to the world who is a child of God even while still in the womb. So, they should not be dismayed. No, they should give thanks to God for making them instruments of such a marvelous thing, an extraordinary miracle, this participation in the creative power of God. “

He went on to tell them the true story about a wise Chinese doctor whom he knew. This man worked in a very poor area. A woman came to him (a non-Christian) who was distressed because she was pregnant with her ninth child. She told him she wanted an abortion because there was not enough food to feed this child. He told her he could not kill her child but then he had an idea and asked her about her oldest child. She told him about her oldest child – a son. He pointed out quite logically that if having enough food was the problem it was this son who ate the most – a Solomon-like leading comment- No, she said he’s my child I could never harm one of my children. He then, gently pointed out that the one in her womb was also one of her children.

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Hi, saw an advert for this blog and was intrigued. It’s a fascinating collection of posts about the dignity of humans at all stages of life, even when we can’t necessarily see them. Powerful stuff!

Comment by FiKaLo

As a mother of eight living children and one who went to Heaven before birth, I found the St’s comments very beautiful!

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