UNBORN WORD of the day


Jesus: A babe in a cave, a servant in a shop, a criminal on a cross
July 31, 2007, 11:17 pm
Filed under: Incarnation, Quotes from Great Christians

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Today, August 1, 2007 is the feast day of St Alphonsus de Ligouri (1696-1787). Below are a reflection and an excerpt from a prayer written by Alphonsus:

“Consider that the Eternal Father addressed these words to the Infant Jesus at the instant of His conception: ‘I have given Thee to be the light of the Gentiles, that Thou mayest be My salvation’ (Isa 49:6). My Son, I have given Thee to the world for the light and life of all people, in order that Thou mightest procure for them their salvation, which I have as much at heart as if it were my own. Thou must therefore employ Thyself entirely for the well-being of men: ‘Wholly given to man, Thou must be wholly spent in his service’ (St. Bernard). Thou must therefore, at Thy birth, suffer extreme poverty, in order that men may become rich, ‘that Thou mayest enrich them by Thy poverty’”. (Meditation I, Novena for Christmas)

“O Divine Word, become man for me, though I behold Thee thus humbled and become a little infant in the womb of Mary, yet I confess and acknowledge Thee for my Lord and King, but a king of love…Ah, my infant King, how could I so often rebel against Thee, and live so long Thy enemy, deprived of Thy grace, when, to oblige me to love Thee, Thou hast put off Thy divine majesty, and hast humbled Thyself even to appearing, first, as a babe in a cave; then as a servant in a shop; then as a criminal on a cross?” (Meditation, 1st Wednesday of Advent)

From THE INCARNATION, BIRTH AND INFANCY OF JESUS CHRIST by St. Alphonsus de Liguori.



Patience = Eternity + 9 months + 30 years
July 29, 2007, 9:50 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians

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Today, July 30, 2007 is our 30th wedding anniversary, so I thought it would be appropriate to repeat this previous post.  

Here is a quote about the patience of Christ from Mother St. Paul’s book Ortus Christi (published in 1921) .

“Patience is a twofold grace, that of waiting and that of suffering, both are a great aid to zeal. The Eternal Word’s zeal for the salvation of men had existed in all its perfection and all its fullness from all eternity, yet think how long He waited! When the conditions were changed and He had at length become incarnate, He still waited patiently for nine months, and after that He waited for thirty years! This was zeal, zeal in its perfection. Is my zeal tempered with patience?”

Yesterday Caryll Houselander was quoted reflecting on “the habit of Advent”. Part of this “habit” is living the virtue of patience. Through the decades the pro-life movement has had to be patient while trying to promote a Culture of Life. Many disappointments, trials and setbacks have been experienced. Those who are pro-life must persevere and patiently trust in God.



“This is the lesson the Child yet unborn would teach.”
July 28, 2007, 11:14 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians, Unborn Jesus

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Mother St. Paul wrote this of the unborn Christ Child who rested in His mother’s womb.

“Come, my little King, Who art nevertheless the Eternal Wisdom, come and teach me this heavenly prudence….”

“…and in my own life when things seem, as they sometimes do inexplicable and beyond human ken. Oh! come and teach me that the way of prudence is to lie still like a little child in its mother’s arms, not to try to fathom nor to understand, but to say: I am in the Arms of the Eternal Wisdom, Who can do all things, Who loves me with an infinite love and Who is disposing all things sweetly, gently, mercifully for my sake. This is the lesson the Child (Christ) yet unborn would teach.”

Mother St. Paul, Ortus Christi, 1921



Worship alone is power
July 27, 2007, 9:46 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians, Unborn Jesus

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“A cloistered life among men may cover the whole earth with its activity, if it is a life of worship, while the conqueror, the statesmen, or the man of letters have at most but a circle which they only influence partially, and in which their influence is but one of many influences. Worship alone is power, intellectual power and moral power, the power of worldwide change and all beneficent revolution.

We not only learn this lesson from the life of confinement, which the Incarnate Word led in Mary’s (Womb), but it is that life which gives our life power to become universal like itself.”

Father F.W. Faber, (1814-1863) Bethlehem



Today living the 10 commandments demands heroic virtue
July 26, 2007, 11:46 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians

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Today Friday, July 27, the first reading at Mass is about the 10 commandments (Genesis 20: 1-7).

In his biography about St. John Fisher, published in 1935, the inspirational Father Vincent McNabb writes:

“In reading the authentic records of how the Bishop (St. John Fisher) bore himself in his bishopric we are perhaps surprised to find him praised for qualities which might be expected of any good bishop. But as there are times of general moral depression when the average layman’s practice of the ten commandments demands heroic virtue, so there are circumstances when a bishop’s fidelity to the ordinary duties of his office argues the saint.”

Many of the 10 commandments are at the forefront of our society’s most grave battles – moral battles about the dignity and value of human life and marriage. We can see that the 10 commandments were a divine gift intended to elevate human living and direct it towards God and virtue. So today, for believers to live according to the 10 commandments, in this time of moral crisis, is no small accomplishment. Let us encourage each other continually to meet this challenge of our time, seeking opportunities to lift up these and other noble moral principles which point towards the Culture of Life. And let us pray for our families and our children.



We have an Infant Christ to gaze upon. We have a Gospel of Life to listen to.
July 25, 2007, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Pro-life

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Today July 26, 2007, is the feast day of St. Joachim and St. Anne – the grandparents of Jesus (Mary’s parents), according to reliable early Church tradition.

In today’s Gospel reading Jesus hearkens back to the words of Isaiah: “You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see…” Then Jesus says to His disciples: “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” Mt 13:10-17

Just as Joachim and Anne passed on the Sacred Traditions of their faith to their daughter Mary, so those of us who are Pro – Life are indebted to God and people around us (our parents, our grandparents and others) who witnessed to Pro – Life teaching and lived it, enabling us to see and hear the beautiful mystery of human life which wells up around us. We are blessed to have received this sacred message concerning the dignity of human life from our Church, especially in this modern time of moral turbulence and uncertainty. We have an Infant Christ to gaze upon. We have a Gospel of Life to listen to.

Thank You Lord for guiding Your Church through the moral confusion of our time towards our true and lasting heritage; A Holy Culture of Life.



Breath of Heaven…A prayer
July 24, 2007, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians

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Picture by Sherrill Knaggs

 

A Prayer by Caryll Houselander

Breath of Heaven,
carry us on the impulse
of Christ’s love,
as easily as thistledown
is carried on the wind;
that in the Advent season of our souls,
while He is formed in us,
in secret and in silence-
the Creator
in the hands of his creatures,
as the Host
in the hands of the priest-
we may carry Him forth
to wherever He wishes to be,
as Mary carried Him over the hills
on an errand of love,
to the house of Elizabeth.

From the Splendor of the Rosary by Maisie Ward

with prayers by

Caryll Houselander