UNBORN WORD of the day

The silence and worship of Christ in the womb
July 10, 2007, 10:02 pm
Filed under: Unborn Jesus


Today June 11 is the feast day of St. Benedict. Benedict (born c. 480 -d. 547) was known as the patriarch of western monasticism. Here are some quotes from the Rule of St. Benedict (Chp. 6, Of Silence):

“Let us do what the Prophet saith: ” I said, I will take heed of my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I have set a guard to my mouth, I was dumb, and was humbled, and kept silence even from good things” (Psalm 38(39): 2-3).”

“For it belongeth to the master to speak and to teach; it becometh the disciple to be silent and to listen.”

The reflection below is from Father Faber. Faber shows us how Christ taught us the power of silence and worship even from His mother’s womb:

“So that, in the first moment of the Incarnation, not only were the amazing decrees of everlasting wisdom fulfilled, and creation with incredible magnificence completed, but the creation thus completely turned round as it were to the Face of the Creator, and worshiped Him with a worship equal to Himself….”

“Such was the existence which began that night in Mary’s (womb). If we look at it in the general, so as to get a view of the characteristics, it seems to us, first of all, a life of oblation. Worship was the predominant idea. Adoration was the mold in which it was cast. It continually reflected God….”

“Worship alone is power, intellectual power and moral power, the power of world-wide change and of 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.”

“It was a life of silence also. The Great Teacher, the utterer of the marvelous parables, the preacher of the world stirring sermons, the oracle whose single words have become vocations, institutions and histories, finds silence no bar to the fertility of His action. Silence has ever been as it were the luxury of great holiness, which implies that is contains something divine within itself. So it is the first life which He, the eternally silent-spoken Word of the Father chooses for Himself.” Above quotes from Father F. W. Faber, Bethlehem.

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