UNBORN WORD of the day


To Gabriel, Angel – Messenger of God
September 21, 2007, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Poems

Still hidden, still unknown as yet
within the heart and soul of Mary
was the Father’s plan of life for her,
His wondrous mystery,
a covenant of love
embedded in it’s hope-filled promise
of a regenerative power within her womb,

HIS plan for her,
all that she was meant to be for all of us,
Mother of the WORD made flesh,
so that from her body – her blood
The Son’s humanity might claim His own.

Then it was you, O Gabriel, angel sent by God,
as messenger of God’s redemptive love,
entrusted with calling forth
in humble praise and love
a handmaid’s “YES”
that she might choose
the overshadowing, whispering breeze
of the Spirit’s power to become Theotokos
“Mother of the Word” – God’s Son

O Gabriel, plead with God for us that we
become like you a messenger
to draw forth from:
those we meet,
those we live with,
those we care for,
all that has been planned for them.

Help us seek, help us find, help us nurture,
gently praise our God for those
sometimes hidden,
sometimes never understood,
sometimes irritating,
sometimes temperamental talents;
their each,
God given, created gene of life,
to call forth, open up, identify their hopes,
their attitudes, and unite ourselves with all
that embodies God’s Will for them in Christ.

“Glorify the Lord with me,
Together let us extol His Name.”
by: Sister M. Linus Coyle Jan. 2006

Sister M. Linus Coyle belongs to the order of the Sisters of the Presentation. She receives our e-newsletter and sent us this beautiful poem/reflection on the Archangel Gabriel. Tomorrow September 23 is the feast day of St. Linus. I wanted to wish Sister Linus a happy and holy day on her patron saint’s feast day. We have featured one of her beautiful poem/reflections before entitled The Annunciation.



Adoption: Part of God’s plan
September 21, 2007, 12:10 am
Filed under: Adoption, Religion, Unborn Jesus

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Today is the feastday of St. Matthew. St Matthew (Apostle and Evangelist) is the author of the first Gospel. It is in the Gospel of Matthew that we have the most complete account of St. Joseph’s calling to be the adoptive father of Jesus.

Here is a quote from Pope Benedict’s Angelus address on 12/18/2005:

“In these days of Advent, the liturgy invites us to contemplate in a special way the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, who lived with a unique intensity the time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus. Today, I want to direct our gaze toward the figure of St. Joseph… The one who gives the most importance to the adoptive father of Jesus is the Evangelist Matthew, emphasizing that thanks to him, the Child was legally introduced into the lineage of David fulfilling the Scriptures, in which the Messiah was prophesied as the ‘son of David’.”

It seems that adoption was part of God’s plan: Here is an excerpt from Unborn Jesus Our Hope:

“From a legal and social point of view, Joseph would be recognized as the father of the baby Jesus. According to the Israelite understanding of marriage in those days, a child conceived during the time of betrothal was a “legitimate” child, and the reputations of both mother and child were thus protected. “Joseph’s adoption of Jesus is effected in the two acts with which the account (Mt 1:24 25) closes, and which are in fact its most essential elements. ‘He took his wife…. And he called his name Jesus.’” (Jean Cardinal Daniélou, The Infancy Narratives) This constitutes a turning point in the life of Unborn Jesus. His earthly father reaches out to Him, figuratively embracing Him with wholehearted acceptance.

The relationship between Joseph and Unborn Jesus becomes very real. Fr. Faber states that Joseph was “part of the scheme of redemption” and “assists God in keeping the mystery of the Incarnation a secret”. (Rev. Frederick W. Faber, C.O., D.D., The Blessed Sacrament) Joseph begins a secret “adoption” process while Jesus is yet an unborn child (“he took his wife” and her unborn child) and then the process is later completed with Joseph’s naming of the child after birth and registering the child in Bethlehem during the census. Jesus needed to be accepted into a family, adopted into a family, and there existed a vacuum until that day when Joseph stepped forward in obedient faith to lovingly accept his son: “Joseph is the one whom God chose to be the ‘overseer of the Lord’s birth’, the one who has the responsibility to look after the Son of God’s ‘ordained’ entry into the world, in accordance with divine dispositions and human laws.” (Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation Guardian of the Redeemer)



The Pro-life movement is winning: 12 reasons
September 18, 2007, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Religion

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Last spring I had the privilege of hearing Father Frank Pavone speak. Of course, for years I had heard about Father Pavone – after hearing him speak I realized that his reputation was well earned. I found him to be one of the most convincing, balanced and dynamic pro-life speakers that I had ever heard. During his presentation he mentioned another talk that he sometimes gave entitled: Twelve Reasons the Pro-Life Movement is Winning. That really intrigued me!

I couldn’t find this 12 point list on his website so I did a google search and came up with two sources to put together this list (it may not be exactly his list but I think it is close).

The fist source I used was the Catholic Pro-life Committee and the second source was a radio show I found entitled: The Winning Side aired on March 18-19 (2006) Life on the Line Radio Program Index

Twelve Reasons the Pro-life Movement is Winning

1. A high percentage of young people are getting involved in the Pro-Life movement. (…and they realize that it could have been them!).

2. More and more women who have abortions are standing up and saying, “I regret my abortion!” (And the more abortions there are, the more women are standing up against what they have done.)

3. Researchers are coming up with more and more evidence that abortion as a supposed “benefit” to women does more harm than good.

4. Fewer and fewer doctors will perform abortions. (Ask the pro-choice doctors if they themselves will perform the abortion!).

5. In which directions are the conversions going? There is a society of former abortionists who used to use their skills to kill babies and now are seeking healing while some speak up against what they used to do. Where is the society of former Pro-Lifers who are now abortionists?

6. More people are voting pro-life than ever before. The number of people for which abortion (pro-life) is a deciding factor in voting is increasing.

7. Opinion polls are moving in the pro-life direction –no matter what age group or category you look at there is a trend that bodes well for the pro-life movement.

8. More laws have been passed on the state level to curtail abortion in the last dozen years.

9. Half of the abortion mills have closed in the past dozen years. There are now more pro-life resource centers across the country than abortion mills.

10. The U. S. Supreme court is moving in the Pro-life direction.

11. No lie can live forever – the truth always prevails. Abortion destroys itself – the more it is exposed – the more people see that it doesn’t help humanity or society.

12. Jesus has already won the battle over the kingdom of death!

Of course, Father Pavone fleshes out these points – giving statistics, evidence and examples. I would like to add that Father Pavone and his wonderful organization along with all of the other great Pro-life groups and individuals around the world are to be thanked for their great efforts on behalf of the unborn.

 

 



The Soul: in very truth the House of God
September 17, 2007, 10:03 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians

Here are two quotes about the life of God within:

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“When a woman is carrying a child she develops a certain instinct of self defense. It is not selfishness; it is not egoism. It is an absorption into the life within, a folding of self like a little tent around the child’s frailty, a God like instinct to cherish, and some day to bring forth, the life. A closing upon it like the petals of a flower closing upon the dew that shines in its heart. This is precisely the attitude we must have to Christ, the Life within us, in the Advent of our contemplation.”

From The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander

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“Man will not consent to drive away the money changers from the temple of his soul, until he realizes that it is the Holy of Holies – not a house of traffic, but in very truth the house of God.”

From How to Pray Always by Raoul Plus, S. J.



The Obedience of Christ began with his conception
September 16, 2007, 8:58 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Quotes from Great Christians, Religion

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Today September 17 is the feastday of St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621). He was a Jesuit and a Doctor of the Church. Here is a beautiful quote from him about the obedience of the infant Christ.

“In the first place, the obedience of Christ to His Father began with His Conception and continued uninterruptedly to His Death. The life of our Lord Jesus Christ was one perpetual act of obedience. The Soul of Christ from the moment of its creation enjoyed the exercise of its free will, was full of grace and wisdom, and consequently, even when enclosed in His Mother’s womb, was capable of practicing the virtue of obedience.

The Psalmist speaking in the Person of Christ says: “In the head of the book it is written of Me that I should do Thy will. O My God, I have desired it, and Thy law in the midst of My Heart.” (Psalm 40: 8, 9). These words may be thus simplified: ” In the head of the book”–that is from the beginning to the end of the inspired writings of Scripture–it is shown that I was chosen and sent into the world “to do Thy will. O My God, I have desired it,” and freely accepted it. I have placed “Thy law,” Thy commandment, Thy desire, “in the midst of My Heart,” to ponder upon it constantly, to obey it accurately and promptly.

The very words of Christ Himself mean the same. “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, that I may perfect His work.” (John 4:34). For as a man does not take food now and again and at distant intervals during life, but daily eats and takes a pleasure in it, so Christ our Lord was intent upon being obedient to His Father every day of His life. It was His joy and His pleasure.

“I came down from Heaven not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.” (John 6:38).

And again. “He that sent Me is with Me, and He hath not left Me alone; for I do always the things that please Him.”( John 8:29)

And since obedience is the most excellent of all sacrifices, as Samuel told Saul, (1 Kings 15:22) so every action which Christ performed during His life was a sacrifice most pleasing to the Divine Majesty.

The first prerogative then of our Lord’s obedience is that it lasted from the moment of His Conception to His Death upon the Cross.

From The Seven Words on the Cross by St. Robert Bellermine



DID MARY SHARE IN RACHEL’S WEEPING?
September 14, 2007, 10:54 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Religion

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The Flight into Egypt, by Vittore Carpaccio (1450- 1525)

Today, Saturday, September 15, 2007 is the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary had many sorrows besides the Passion and death of her dear Son and Savior. In fact, Church tradition refers to The Seven Sorrows of Mary (the first three of which involve the Child Jesus).

Let’s consider here The Second Sorrow of Mary – The Flight Into Egypt (Mt 2:13-23). More specifically, let us go back in time to the first year of Jesus’ life after His birth in Bethlehem. We recall that an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee from Bethlehem, with Mary and Jesus, to Egypt, because “Herod is about to search for the child to destroy him”.

It is likely that news from Jerusalem and Judea eventually trickled down into Egypt via trading caravans and other means. Therefore, Mary and Joseph probably learned of the slaughter of the Holy Innocents sometime during their first year in Egypt. One can almost imagine Joseph and Mary sitting in a marketplace in some unknown town in Egypt where a caravan from Israel has been detained for a period of time. Perhaps it is evening, and Mary is holding the baby Jesus in her arms while Joseph stands nearby. They are listening to news from Israel when suddenly their correspondent shows a look of dismay and recounts what Herod had done in Bethlehem – killing the male children under two years of age.

Mary’s heart is torn as she gasps in horror, realizing that it was her own baby that was the intended innocent for slaughter but that others took His place. Perhaps she turns to Joseph to give him baby Jesus so that she can hurry away and cry alone somewhere. Or maybe she instinctively grows tense, tightening her embrace of the little baby in her arms , reflexively protecting Him from evil men like Herod. Grief stricken, she goes off and weeps, her soul pierced through (Lk 2:33-35):

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more.” Mt 2:17-18

And today also, when Mary hears of what we are doing to our unborn children does she not share anew in the weeping of Rachel? Let us join with Mary too in praying for Rachel.



“The Christ Child” by G.K. Chesterton
September 13, 2007, 11:32 pm
Filed under: Poems

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The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s breast,
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world’s desire.)

The Christ-child stood at Mary’s knee,
His hair was like a crown.
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.

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