UNBORN WORD of the day

She taught two fathers of the church – her two younger brothers!
July 18, 2007, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Fathers of the Church

For a brief pro-life reflection on today’s Gospel reading:Mathew 11: 28-30


Today, July 19 is the feast day of St. Macrina the Younger
Born about 330; died 379. She was the eldest child of Basil and Elder Emmelia, and the sister of the two Fathers of the Church, St. Basil and St. Gregory of Nyssa.

“Her parents are also recognized as saints. They saw to it that she was very well educated. Macrina in turn became the teacher of her younger brothers Basil, later bishop of Caesarea, and Gregory, later bishop of Nyssa. These brothers themselves became two of the greatest teachers in the Universal Church. There is every reason to believe—based on their own testimony—that if Macrina had not attended to their education, and later, their spiritual growth, we would not know them today.”

St. Gregory of Nyssa (c.335-394), saw the fetus as a complete human being from the time of conception, and specifically rejected theories based upon formation or quickening: “There is no question about that which is bred in the uterus, both growing, and moving from place to place. It remains, therefore, that we must think that the point of commencement of existence is one and the same for body and soul.”
St. Gregory of Nyssa, On the Soul and the Resurrection.

St. Basil the Great (c.330-379) was unequivocal: “A woman who deliberately destroys a fetus is answerable for murder.”
St. Basil the Great, supra note, 10

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