UNBORN WORD of the day


Show us Jesus – He comes first as a child
September 9, 2007, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Pope Benedict XVI

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“ ‘Show us Jesus!’ Let us make this prayer today with our whole heart; let us make this prayer above and beyond the present moment, as we inwardly seek the Face of the Redeemer. ‘Show us Jesus!’ Mary responds, showing him to us in the first instance as a child. God has made himself small for us. God comes not with external force, but he comes in the powerlessness of his love, which is where his true strength lies. He places himself in our hands. He asks for our love. He invites us to become small ourselves, to come down from our high thrones and to learn to be childlike before God. He speaks to us informally. He asks us to trust him and thus to learn how to live in truth and love.

The child Jesus naturally reminds us also of all the children in the world, in whom he wishes to come to us. Children who live in poverty; who are exploited as soldiers; who have never been able to experience the love of parents; sick and suffering children, but also those who are joyful and healthy.”

From a homily given by Pope Benedict XVI on September 8, 2007

Pope Benedict went on to say: Europe has become child-poor… See tomorrow’s post on that topic



Dr. Thomas Hilgers – One of the Heroes of our Modern Age
September 7, 2007, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Medical/Bioethical Issues

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A few days ago we had a post entitled Pro-life Doctors – Heroes of Our Modern Age. We would like to highlight one such doctor, Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers. Dr. Hilgers founded and runs the Pope Paul VI Institute An Institute which in its own words is dedicated to building a Culture of Life.

For years I have heard about Dr. Hilgers in relation to his work with Natural Family Planning but what I didn’t realize is that his institute is dedicated to confronting many of the challenges to do with fertility including developing moral options to treat woman who are infertile. What brought my attention to Dr. Hilgers was a friend who told me her daughter-in-law, who is now pregnant with her third child, would never have been able to have children if it weren’t for the Pope Paul VI Institute.

Below the institute describes how it tries to build a Culture of Life:

“By confronting the contraceptive mentality, which is the gateway to abortion.
By confronting artificial reproductive technologies that suppress, distort, and alter women’s fertility; that negatively impact marriages and families; and that lead to the “new abortion.”
By confronting moral erosion.
By confronting Planned Parenthood’s agenda.”

Here are a few links that explain Dr. Hilgers work:

In Their Own Words: Women Healed

Institute Practices Reproductive Medicine — and Catholicism

Agents of Change

 

 

 

 

 



a sumptuous banquet according to the country fashion
September 6, 2007, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians, Unborn Jesus

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Below is a quote from St. Francis de Sales. Here he takes a quote from the beautiful Song of Songs and interprets it for us – he sees the Unborn Christ Child in this verse:

The divine lover like a shepherd, and indeed he is one, prepared a sumptuous banquet according to the country fashion for his sacred spouse, which he so described that mystically it represented all the mysteries of man’s redemption.

I am come into my garden, said he, O my sister, my spouse, I have gathered my myrrh, with aromatical spices; I have eaten the honey-comb with my honey, I have drunk my wine with my milk; eat, O friends, and drink, and be inebriated, my dearly beloved!’ (Song of Songs 5:1)

Ah! when was it, I pray you, that our Saviour came into his garden, if not when he came into his mother’s purest, humblest and sweetest womb, replenished with all the flourishing plants of holy virtues? And what is meant by our Saviour’s gathering his myrrh with his perfumes, except that he joined suffering to suffering until death, even the death of the cross, heaping by that means merit upon merit and treasures upon treasures, to enrich his spiritual children? And how did he eat his honey-comb with his honey, but when he lived a new life, reuniting his soul, more sweet than honey, to his pierced and wounded body, with more holes than a honeycomb? And when ascending into heaven he took possession of all the surroundings and dependencies of his divine glory, what other thing did he if not mix the exhilarating wine of the essential glory of his soul, with the delightful milk of the perfect felicity of his body, in a more excellent manner than hitherto he had done?


Treatise on the Love of God by St. Francis de Sales, (1567-1622)
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Wanted! Young hearts for God
September 5, 2007, 11:04 pm
Filed under: Pope Benedict XVI

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On September 2, Pope Benedict celebrated the Eucharist in Loreto, Italy with about half million young people.

In his homily Benedict XVI affirmed that “Jesus Christ, God made man, in Mary assumed our own flesh, took part in our lives and wished to share in our history. In order to accomplish this Covenant, God sought a young heart and found it in Mary.”

“Even today God continues to seek young hearts, He seeks young people with great hearts who are capable of making space for Him in their lives in order to become protagonists of the New Covenant.” …

In Loreto, said the Pope, “our thoughts naturally go to the Holy House of Nazareth which is the shrine of humility: the humility of God Who became flesh and the humility of Mary who accepted Him in her womb; the humility of the Creator and the humility of the creature.”

Today, he continued, “the humble are seen as resigned and defeated, as people who have nothing to say to the world. Yet the truth is that humility is the best way, and not only because it is a great human virtue but also, and primarily, because it is God’s own way of acting.”

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta – 10th Anniversary of Her death.
September 4, 2007, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians, The Eucharist, Unborn Jesus

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Today is the 10th anniversary of Blessed Teresa’s death. (August 26, 1910 -Sept 5, 1997) Here is a Vatican website link offering a short biography on her life.

Mother Teresa was known for her great love of the poor, including unwanted unborn and newborn babies. She spoke out often against abortion. See our previous post, Peace Begins in the Womb. The following is a quote from her about the Unborn Christ Child:

 

As John the Baptist recognized Jesus hidden in the womb of Mary, the first tabernacle of the Lord, so now we recognize Jesus hidden in the Blessed Sacrament, the mystery of our faith. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and John leaped for joy in His Presence then, as we rejoice in His Presence now, for here Jesus pours out His Spirit upon us in this sacrament of infinite love.

From Rosary Meditations by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta



School severs ties with Amnesty and starts a new group called Benenson Society
September 3, 2007, 10:11 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

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As many of you already know Amnesty International recently abandoned its neutral stance on abortion and thereby abandoned the most vulnerable members of our society, the unborn.

On May 18, 2007 Fr Chris Middleton SJ, Principal at St Aloysius College (a Catholic independent day school, for boys from grade 3 to grade 12), Milson’s Point, in Sydney, Australia who has been an active member of Amnesty for many years made this statement:

As a Catholic priest and the Principal of a school with an active Amnesty group, such a change in policy places me in the unwanted position of contemplating the closing down of Amnesty’s presence in the school.

Recently, after Amnesty International reaffirmed its decision to endorse abortion on August 18, Fr. Chris did just that – severed his school’s ties with Amnesty and started a new group called The Benenson Society. Here is a statement that Father Chris sent out to announce his decision.

The society will be called the Benenson Society, after Peter Benenson, the Catholic lawyer who founded Amnesty, and will hopefully embody something of the spirituality, as well as idealism, that led to the formation of Amnesty. The Benenson Society will have as its symbol a stylised white rose. This symbol draws inspiration from the White Rose Society, a group of Catholic and Protestant students and teachers at Munich University, who opposed Nazism with letters and pamphlets, with nine paying the ultimate price of being guillotined for their stand for human rights. A film about one of its members, Sophie Scholl, was released recently. Over the next few months we will work on a charter for the group with Mrs Connolly and the boys. Already schools from Sydney and Melbourne have expressed interest in the project, and it may well be a model that many school groups could follow.

I would like to urge parents and teachers to consider approaching their Catholic and Christian schools to try to get them to sever their Amnesty ties and perhaps follow Father Chris’s courageous example.

Below are links to pages (along with the above links) that you might want to print up to bring to your principal/school:

Press Release United State Conference of Catholic Bishops

Vatican Official Urges Catholic Church to Boycott Amnesty International Over Abortion.

U.S. Bishops Decry Amnesty’s Pro-Abortion Stance

Australia Catholic Church Likely to Cut Amnesty Intl Ties Over Abortion

Cardinal O’Brien resigns from Amnesty International – Press Release

English Catholic bishop quits Amnesty International over abortion rights stance

Amnesty International Comes Under Fire for Taking Pro-Abortion Stance

Comments on AI’s abortion decision from around the web

And finally there is a great blog dedicated to this topic – where you can get more information on this issue.

Save Amnesty International



PRO LIFE DOCTORS – HEROES IN OUR MODERN AGE!
September 2, 2007, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Medical/Bioethical Issues, Pope Benedict XVI

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Norman Rockwell “Doctor and Boy Looking at Thermometer,” 1954

Our last post was on the Hippocratic oath and some modern day “imposter oaths” which are hypocritical. Today let’s focus on the most honorable doctors – Pro-Life doctors who maintain the moral consistency of: cherishing life, serving life and protecting/saving life. This triple test of medical morality is, in the sometimes swirling events of life, a difficult challenge which perhaps every doctor will find at times troublesome or confusing. The times of triage can be moral and emotional as well as medical. Pro-life doctors take the above triple test and add one more key element to it: promoting life!

Pro-Life doctors dedicate themselves to worthy principles and struggle for perfection, not only in their professional lives but also in their personal lives: “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48) That is why the rest of us everyday pro-lifers have such admiration for them and for all health care professionals who take their commitment to human life so profoundly.

In February 2007 Pope Benedict XVI gave an important address to the Pontifical Academy for Life about the importance of conscience. He called the “right to life” not only the “first fundamental right of all human rights”, but he also pointed out that “the future of humanity” depends upon us guaranteeing this right. Here are a few striking quotes from Benedict’s address:

When the value of human life is at stake, this harmony between the magisterial function and the committed laity becomes singularly important: life is the first good received from God and is fundamental to all others; to guarantee the right to life for all and in an equal manner for all is the duty upon which the future of humanity depends.

Therefore, I ask the Lord to send among you, dear brothers and sisters, and among those dedicated to science, medicine, law and politics, witnesses endowed with true and upright consciences in order to defend and promote the “splendour of the truth” and to sustain the gift and mystery of life.

I trust in your help dearest professionals, philosophers, theologians, scientists and doctors. In a society at times chaotic and violent, with your cultural qualifications, by teaching and by example, you can contribute to awakening in many hearts the eloquent and clear voice of conscience.

Here are a few of the Pro-life Doctors Organizations around the world:

World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Human Life
Doctors For Life International
Association of Pro-Life Physicians
Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Pro-Life Maternal-Fetal Medicine
British Section of the World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Human Life
MaterCare International