UNBORN WORD of the day

Grace overflowing
July 24, 2007, 12:26 am
Filed under: Incarnation, Quotes from Great Christians


And from His fulness have we all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16

“St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that Mary’s fulness of grace increased notably at the Incarnation through the presence of the Word of God made flesh.”

“…Mary was, of all creatures, the one who entered into closest contact with Him in His humanity since He took flesh in her womb. Hence, it was appropriate that she should have received a notable increase of grace at the Incarnation.”

“Speaking of the time when the Body of the Saviour was formed in Mary’s virginal womb, Fr. Hugon says: ‘She must have made uninterrupted progress in grace during those nine months – ex opere operato, as it were – through her permanent contact with the Author of holiness. If her plentitude of grace is incomprehensible at the time of the Incarnation, what must it have been at the Nativity…'”

“As we have said, grace is an effect of God’s active love for his creature…Hence His love for her produces grace in her soul – such an abundance of grace as to be capable of overflowing on souls.”

Father Reginald Garrigou-LaGrange, O.P., The Mother of the Saviour and Our Interior Life, 1948

I begin every new day which is like a new creation
July 22, 2007, 9:44 pm
Filed under: The Incarnation


“…The Angel Gabriel brought the message of a new creation. Gabriel may have well remembered the message that was given to the created angels. He would recall that the creation of man was not followed by his acceptance of God’s message to him. Created angels rebelled; Created Adam rebelled. Now the message of the greatest creation, the creation of God-Man with the cooperation of Mary was announced.

…He gave to angels and to men a heart free to love. Without that freedom there is no true love. Alas, abusing the God-given freedom, the angels cried, “We will not serve,” and man cried, “I will not obey”. What then is Gabriel’s joy on the morn of this new creation when Mary answers with full love, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.”

God’s greatest creation, the Incarnation of Jesus, is consummated by the consent of Mary. With gratitude to both (Mary and Jesus) I begin every new day which is like a new creation, and I welcome Mary’s Son who comes to dwell with me today.”

Francis P. Donnelly, S.J. The Heart of the Angelus and of The Hail Mary, 1947

He was incarnate for me in the womb of the Blessed Virgin
July 21, 2007, 9:21 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians


“God added to the natural gifts with which He endowed man supernatural ones, summed up in the gift of grace. What is that? A participation in His own life, something which makes us “partakers of the Divine nature”. (2 Pet. 1, 4) He created man thus in the beginning, for He meant man always to possess supernatural as well as natural gifts. He meant always to live with man and talk and walk with him in the paradise of his soul but Adam chased out the Divine Guest and lost this miraculous privilege for all his children.

God, however, could not rest content to be outside the souls which He had created solely that He might live in them, and He devised a way (the first Coming of Christ) by which He might get back to the dwelling which He cherished so much….

…He gave His only begotten Son to be incarnate for the world…He came to be Emmanuel, God with us and what His Father asks is that we should not shun Him and live far away from Him but that we should dwell with Him….He was incarnate for me in the womb of the Blessed Virgin but He is incarnate in me in a more special and personal way each time that I receive Him in Holy Communion. By means of my Communions and their effects I can dwell always without interruption in the tabernacle of the Most High, for it is of me (each of us) that the Eternal Wisdom speaks when He says: ‘My Father will love him, and We will come to him and will make Our abode with him.’ (John 14, 23)”

Mother St. Paul, Ortus Christi, 1921

“Longest meaningful sentence” contest: JP II’s entry
July 20, 2007, 11:53 pm
Filed under: John Paul II


Among the most important of these rights, mention must be made of the right to life, an integral part of which is the right of the child to develop in the mother’s womb from the moment of conception; the right to live in a united family and in a moral environment conducive to the growth of the child’s personality; the right to develop one’s intelligence and freedom in seeking and knowing the truth; the right to share in the work which makes wise use of the earth’s material resources, and to derive from that work the means to support oneself and one’s dependents; and the right freely to establish a family, to have and to rear children through the responsible exercise of one’s sexuality.

Also from the same document section:

The Church respects the legitimate autonomy of the democratic order and is not entitled to express preferences for this or that institutional or constitutional solution. Her contribution to the political order is precisely her vision of the dignity of the person revealed in all its fulness in the mystery of the Incarnate Word.

John Paul II, Centesimus annus, #47, (1991)

“Human ecology”: Let’s start a new environmental movement
July 19, 2007, 7:43 pm
Filed under: John Paul II


Everyone seems interested in preserving the natural habitats of different species while the natural habitat of the human species (the family) is being systematically destroyed. We need to start a new environmental movement to save the human species and its natural habitat. We’ll call it the “Human Ecology” Movement. See what John Paul II said about this:

“In addition to the irrational destruction of the natural environment, we must also mention the more serious destruction of the human environment, something which is by no means receiving the attention it deserves. Although people are rightly worried — though much less than they should be — about preserving the natural habitats of the various animal species threatened with extinction, because they realize that each of these species makes its particular contribution to the balance of nature in general, too little effort is made to safeguard the moral conditions for an authentic “human ecology”.

The first and fundamental structure for “human ecology” is the family, in which man receives his first formative ideas about truth and goodness, and learns what it means to love and to be loved, and thus what it actually means to be a person. Here we mean the family founded on marriage, in which the mutual gift of self by husband and wife creates an environment in which children can be born and develop their potentialities, become aware of their dignity and prepare to face their unique and individual destiny….

It is necessary to go back to seeing the family as the sanctuary of life. The family is indeed sacred: it is the place in which life — the gift of God — can be properly welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed, and can develop in accordance with what constitutes authentic human growth. In the face of the so-called culture of death, the family is the heart of the culture of life….

Human ingenuity seems to be directed more towards limiting, suppressing or destroying the sources of life — including recourse to abortion, which unfortunately is so widespread in the world — than towards defending and opening up the possibilities of life.”

John Paul II, Centesimus annus, 38, 39

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

The Culture of Life will prevail!
July 17, 2007, 10:11 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians


St. Paul said “Nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…” (Gal. 2:20). Caryll Houselander calls the attitude that we must have as Christ forms in us “the Habit of Advent” which emulates the quiet nine months that Christ spent in Mary’s womb. Below she relates suffering to this “season of Advent”.

“People sometimes get disheartened because they have read that suffering ennobles and have met people who seem to have come out of the crucible like pure silver, made beautiful by suffering; but it seems to them that in their own case it is quite the opposite. They find that however hard they try not to be, they are irritable; that astonishing stabs of bitterness afflict them, that far from being more sympathetic, more understanding, there is a numbness, a chill in their emotions; they cannot respond to anyone anymore…

They say that in their case suffering is certainly a failure.

The truth is that they are too impatient to wait for the season of Advent in sorrow to run its course; a seed contains all the life and loveliness of the flower, but is contains it in a little hard black pip of a thing which the glorious sun will not enliven unless it is buried under the earth.

There must be a period of gestation before anything can flower.

If only those who suffer would be patient with their early humiliations and realize that Advent is not only the time of growth but also of darkness and hiding and waiting, they would trust, and trust rightly, that Christ is growing in their sorrow, and in due season all the fret and strain and tension of it will give place to a splendor of peace.”

Caryll Houselander, The Reed of God, 1944