UNBORN WORD of the day


A BABY’S ROYAL ENTRANCE INTO THE CHURCH
March 30, 2008, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Religion

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While I live in southern California, yesterday I was in Phoenix, AZ and so on the second Sunday of Easter I went to St. Mary’s Basilica to 9:00 a.m. Mass. During this Mass they baptized three little babies; two boys and a girl. The baptism fount was located in the center of this old beautiful church, and after the three little babies had been baptized the priest led the families in a procession back down to the front of the church. Here’s what really struck me. The three fathers lifted the little babies up in the air, in front of them and elevated above their heads. The babies, in their little white baptismal gowns looked like royalty of some type – all that was missing was a little pillow for them to be seated on as they processed majestically down the center aisle of the church. One father was particularly tall and his baby was raised higher than everyone else in the church, all eyes were on this little one as the child seemed to bob up and down floating through the air towards the front of the church.

The church was honoring these children, newly received into the church, like royalty. It reminded me of St. Peter’s words about the Church: “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people” (I Pet 2:9). There they were, three tiny ambassadors for Christ and His Kingdom! The church broke into jubilant applause!!!

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Defend the unborn with confidence
March 29, 2008, 12:20 am
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae, Pope Benedict XVI

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We have a son who participated in debate in high school and college. Sometimes in the ordinary routine of college life he  was called upon to defend the Catholic faith. I asked him if being in debate helped him. He told me that he found defending the faith a lot easier and more fun than debate because as he put it, it is always easy to defend the truth. I think when we are defending the rights of the unborn – we should remember this. Something that Pope Benedict said in a speech given to the Pontifical Academy for Life on February 22, 2007 made me remember what my son had said:

“It is a right that must be sustained by all, because it is the first fundamental right of all human rights. The Encyclical Evangelium Vitae strongly affirms this:  “Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, by the light of reason and the hidden action of grace, come to recognize in the natural law written in the heart (cf. Rom 2: 14-15) the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end, and can affirm the right of every human being to have this primary good respected to the highest degree. Upon the recognition of this right, every human community and the political community itself are founded” (n. 2).

The same Encyclical recalls that “believers in Christ must defend and promote this right, aware as they are of the wonderful truth recalled by the Second Vatican Council:  “By his Incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every human being’ (Gaudium et Spes, n. 22). This saving event reveals to humanity not only the boundless love of God who “so loved the world that he gave his only Son’ (Jn 3: 16), but also the incomparable value of every human person” (ibid.).

Therefore, the Christian is continually called to be ever alert in order to face the multiple attacks to which the right to life is exposed. In this he knows that he can count on motives that are deeply rooted in the natural law and that can therefore be shared by every person of upright conscience.

After saying this Pope Benedict went on to elaborate in detail all of the difficulties we encounter when defending life in our society. Still, when I think about turth being the natural impulse of the human soul it helps me defend the unborn with confidence.



the value of democracy stands or falls with the values which it embodies and promotes
March 26, 2008, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae

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The above cartoon from April 22, 1990 makes the point that democracy can sometimes have tragic consequences. John Paul II in section 70 of his Encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae makes some similar and startling statements about Democracy.

Democracy cannot be idolized to the point of making it a substitute for morality or a panacea for immorality. Fundamentally, democracy is a “system” and as such is a means and not an end. Its “moral” value is not automatic, but depends on conformity to the moral law to which it, like every other form of human behavior, must be subject…”

But the value of democracy stands or falls with the values which it embodies and promotes. Of course, values such as the dignity of every human person, respect for inviolable and inalienable human rights, and the adoption of the “common good” as the end and criterion regulating political life are certainly fundamental and not to be ignored.”

“If, as a result of a tragic obscuring of the collective conscience, an attitude of skepticism were to succeed in bringing into question even the fundamental principles of the moral law, the democratic system itself would be shaken in its foundations…”



Celebrate the Day of the Unborn Child – March 25
March 23, 2008, 10:32 pm
Filed under: Pro-life, The Incarnation, Unborn Jesus

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Father Faber once said of the Annunciation:

“The Annunciation is the hardest feast in the year to keep as it should be kept.” Fr. F.W. Faber, The Blessed Sacrament

One website called the Day of the Unborn Child is trying to encourage Christians to celebrate this feast day in a more profound and significant way. Here is how they describe what they are about:

“This site was developed to advance the movement toward international recognition of March 25th as the “Day of The Unborn Child,” and equally to promote among Christians the observance of this traditional feast day of the Incarnation honoring Christ’s conception which is currently named ‘The Feast of the Annunciation.’ “

This website is really informative – Some of the topics that you will find are:

Ideas for celebrating the feast

Fascinating facts about this feast

Historical Background on the feast

Worship Resources

Further Reading and Instructional Materials

They also will send you free prayer cards. They are really beautiful cards – I requested them about a year ago.

To see these and more topics click here.

This website also calls our attention to the fact that over the past 15 years there has been a movement to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25 as the Day of the Unborn.

Quite a few countries especially in Central and South America have had this day officially recognized as the Day of the Unborn or are working towards this goal. Here is a partial list of these countries:

El Salvador, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Paraguay and The Philippines

Click here to see an article on the Hawaii Right to Life website which provides other details about this movement. The Knights of Columbus also encourage the celebration of Day of the Unborn Child on the feast of the Annunciation. Because March 25th falls on Easter Tuesday – the Annunciation will be celebrated on March 31 this year.



DEAR FRIEND, CHRIST HAS RISEN! – MAY HIS MORNING STAR RISE IN YOUR HEART!
March 22, 2008, 9:48 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections

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You read about it on the first page of your New Testament: “We have seen his star in the east” (Mt 2:2).

You read about it on the last page of your New Testament: “I am…the bright morning star” (Rev 22:16).

You read about it in the first Pope’s letter in the New Testament: “…until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (II Peter 1:19).

Christ’s entry into the world was made known by a star. It was shining in His Father’s heaven while He was growing in His mother’s womb. It was a star of prophecy and Good News, it’s brilliance rivaled only by “the glory of the Lord” which shone around the Angel of the Lord with that “multitude of the heavenly host” announcing the birth of God’s only begotten Son (Lk 2:9-14).

In the last chapter of the last book of the Bible Jesus calls Himself “the bright morning star”. The morning star represents Christ in His glory, but also the Life of Christ – as did the Bethlehem star. The Christian tries to follow the morning star too, as did the three wise men. The Christian Pilgrim follows the star of Christ from Nazareth (where He was conceived), to Bethlehem (where He was born), through all of the events of His life, and especially to that Eastern morn!

There is a daily challenge to the Christian life, but every once in awhile, when we glimpse the loving Heart of Christ (Mt 11:29), or feel His love being poured into our hearts by His Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5), or witness His loving presence reflected in another (Jn 13:34), or are struck by the brilliant light of His truth (Jn 8:12, 12:46) we experience His morning star rising in our hearts – and we recall the power of the Risen Lord – and a call to follow wherever this bright Morning Star might lead us…

You read about it in the last (current) Pope’s last Encyclical letter On Hope: “…what can I do in order that others may be saved and that for them too the star of hope may rise?” (#48)



“…a body hast thou prepared for me…”.
March 20, 2008, 6:49 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, The Incarnation
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“Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
‘Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired
but a body hast thou prepared for me…‘” Heb 10:5

We have mentioned previously (Hebrews 10: 5-7) that Christ spoke these and other words (verses 6-7) immediately upon entering the world – that is, at the one cell stage of His life. So that first cell of His existence was that body prepared for Him. And during the first nine months in the womb, in a special way, His body was being formed for that one acceptable sacrifice that would occur more than thirty years hence.

We invite you now to consider, in a most unique way, the offering of Jesus Christ – beginning in the Garden of Gethsemane and continuing on until His death upon the cross – but considered from the perspective of His body being formed and prepared within the womb for those events which would occur more than 30 years later.

Consider the crucifixion in this light. The blood which will be shed in this sacrifice began to course through His body about eight months before His birth and would continue to run freely until that final offering. Likewise, every physical feature of our Lord’s body, while forming in the womb, took on its own predestined sacrificial character, a character that would be eternally stamped upon it during His Passion and death:

First His Heart begins a spiritual bleeding in the
Garden of Gethsemane and he is “sorrowful, even
to death”. (Mk.14.34)

He gets on His knees in a prayer agony. (Lk.22.41)

He falls upon His face, in the dark, in the dirt, alone.
(Mt.26.39)

Now sweat as great drops of blood fell from His face
and head
. His Heart’s spiritual bleeding is too
intense for this Body, so the Body begins to bleed itself.
(Lk.22.44)

He now receives a kiss upon His cheek and a feigned
embrace from His onetime friend Judas. (Mt.26.49)

He is forcefully seized. (Mt.26.50)

His hands are tied and He is led like a lamb to slaughter.
(Jn.18.12)

Now His face is struck because of the response He gave
to Annas, the father in law of Caiaphas the High Priest.
(Jn.18.13,22)

Wrists still bound, He is led to the home of Caiaphas.
(Jn.18.24)

They spit in His face as the interrogation begins, perhaps
because He is standing erect, head still held high.
(Mt.26.67)

They cover His face (Mk.14.65) to blindfold His eyes.
(Lk.22.64)

His face is slapped and struck and He is now the subject
of a game. “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that
struck you?” (Mt.26.67) His very Identity is mocked.

He is received with blows by Caiaphas’ guards, perhaps
as He walks past them. (Mk.14.65)

The next morning He is led to the Council, perhaps
like an animal with a cord around His waist or neck.
(Lk.22.66)

From the Council He is led to Pilate and then sent to
Herod. Herod’s soldiers ridicule Jesus and clothe Him
in a costume. (Lk.23.11)

Our Lord’s back is scourged by order of Pilate.
(Jn.19.1)

He is stripped of the costume and a robe is again
put on Him. (Mt.27.28,Jn.19.2)

On His head a crown of thorns is placed, causing rivulets
of blood to trickle from His scalp down His forehead
and down the back of His neck. (Jn.19.2)

In His hands they mockingly place a reed to represent
a royal scepter. (Mt.27.29)

Now the soldiers spit on Him and take the reed back and
hit Him with it. (Mt.27.30)

And they continue to strike Him with their hands as well.
(Jn.19.3)

He is given the large wooden cross to carry. (Jn.19.17)
Its rough abrasive weight upon His recently scourged
back
.

He has trouble carrying the cross (Simon of Cyrene is
therefore forced to help; Lk.23.26) Tradition tells us
that Jesus fell three times as He carried the cross.
(Reference: the Stations of the Cross)

At Golgotha they strip Him and nail His
hands and feet
to the cross. (Lk.23.33 34)

Aching, exhausted, bruised, bleeding, weary of dying,
Christ hangs on the cross, resembling more a slaughtered
animal than a man in the final stage of dying.
(Ps.22.6,14 15)

He is offered sour vinegar to drink, probably extended
on a saturated sponge on a stick and placed against His
lips
; all in jest. (Lk.23.36)

Finally, a spear is thrown into His side. (Jn.19.34)
Probably penetrating His Heart, causing the issuance
of “blood and water“.



The body of the Lord: The Incarnation and the Last Supper
March 19, 2008, 10:11 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Incarnation, Quotes from Great Christians

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Here is an interesting quote from Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson on the Last Supper and the Incarnation.

“Thus, in that last emphatic act of the life of His Humiliation He took Bread, and cried, not Here is my Essential Self, but ‘This is my Body which is given for you,’ since that Body was the instrument of Redemption.

And, if the Christian claim is to be believed, this act was but a continuation (though in another sense) of that first act known as the Incarnation. He who leaned over the Bread at that “last sad Supper with His own” had, in another but similar manner, leaned over Mary herself with similar words upon His lips.

From Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, Christ In The Church (published 1913).

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Abortion mill: this is our Calvary, where Christ is being crucified today in our midst
March 18, 2008, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Prayer, Pro-life

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One of our readers who gathers each Saturday with a large group in front of an abortion mill sent us this prayer. They obtained this prayer from the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. I was very moved by this prayer and thought that it was a very appropriate prayer for Holy Week. I thank God for all those who pray outside abortion mills and are a presence of love for these little ones.

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Heavenly Father, we are gathered here to spend some time with the little babies before they die. It is important that we be here. It is a way to redeem the abandonment of Jesus by His apostles when they refused to be with Him at His death. We do not fear the Cross.

These little ones dying today are intricately connected with the sufferings and death of Our Savior. There is a bond here that must not be overlooked. All the political action, educating, donation of funds, demonstrations, alternative work, important and necessary as these are, do not make up for an absence at the death scene. Thus, our presence at this killing center is where You, God, want us to be. With our rosaries and our prayers, this is our Calvary, where Christ is being crucified today in our midst.

We may not be able to save their lives, but we plead on their behalf. And should they die, as usually happens (God forgive us!), let us lift up our hearts to You on their behalf … it will be the only human love they will know on this earth… Amen



Bethlehem points to Calvary – Advent leads to lent
March 16, 2008, 8:50 pm
Filed under: Poems

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In this painting by William Holman Hunt – The Triumph of the Innocents – The Innocents are seen with the Holy Family, in spirit, during the Family’s Flight to Egypt.

 

Hidden Legacy of Bethlehem

O Mary, obedient unto Christ’s birth
You carried the Savior to His manger
So that He might carry our sins to His cross.

O Joseph, chosen for a sacred duty
You adopted the Son of God here on earth
So that He might adopt us for His heavenly kingdom.

O Holy Innocents, martyrs all in suffering
You each did die instead of Christ,
So that He might die for my sins instead of me.

O Saints and heroes of Bethlehem
You opened the doors of your hearts to Him
Your actions foretelling the depth of His loving.

George A. Peate

 

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St. Joseph believed in his savior hidden in the womb
March 15, 2008, 1:32 am
Filed under: Pro-life, Unborn Jesus

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St. Joseph, Patron of the Unborn
(seen above holding an unborn baby)

Today, March 15 is the feast day of St. Joseph. The Statue in the above picture is found at the Shrine of St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer in Santa Cruz, California. When Jesus was still an unborn baby Joseph learned about His saving mission. St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that:

Mary and Joseph needed to be instructed concerning Christ’s birth before He was born, because it devolved on them to show reverence to the child conceived in the womb, and to serve Him even before He was born.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Summa Theologica, III, Q. 36, art. 2, ad2.)

In a document on the Vatican website entitled Christ the only Saviour we are reminded that Mary and Joseph were given heavenly instruction about Christ’s mission as Saviour right before his conception and while he was in the womb. “Christ reveals himself throughout his earthly life as the Saviour sent by the Father for the salvation of the world. His very name, “Jesus”, expresses this mission. It actually means: “God saves”. It is a name he was given as a result of heavenly instruction: both Mary and Joseph (Lk 1:31; Mt 1:21) receive the order to call him by this name. In the message to Joseph the meaning of the name is explained: ‘for he will save his people from their sins’.”

Mary and Joseph believed in the words of angels and they acted in accordance with this belief. Again St. Thomas explains: “But His first coming was unto the salvation of all, which is by faith that is of things not seen. And therefore it was fitting that His first coming(in the womb) should be hidden.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Summa Theologica, III, Q. 36, art. 1, ad 3)



March For Life Los Angeles – March 15, 2008
March 14, 2008, 10:37 am
Filed under: Pro-life
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The 5th annual Los Angeles March for Life will be held on Saturday, March 15th from 8 am – 11:30 am at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church located at 4601 Firmament Avenue Encino, CA 91436.



The Los Angeles March for Life is sponsored by Knights of Columbus




Umbert the Unborn has his own website
March 12, 2008, 9:46 pm
Filed under: Pro-life

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Many of you may have seen the cartoon Umbert the Unborn. Well, Umbert or rather his creator Gary Cangemi has a great website or as he calls it an Umbert the Unborn Wombsite. It is a fun website to visit and even has an Umbert the Unborn Kids Page with 5 different activities and a future contest in the works.

Gary Cangemi is a great and humble guy who came up with a wonderful and positive way to spread the Pro-life message. He even has his first book which is a collection of Umbert Cartoons. I have a copy of the book and really enjoyed it. Click on the icon below to learn more about the book.

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CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS WAS THE SIXTH & FINAL ATTEMPT ON HIS LIFE
March 11, 2008, 12:12 am
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Pro-life, Religion

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Let’s connect some Lenten dots by way of scriptural reflection and trace a sinister sequence of attempts to kill the Son of God, the Word of God – a connecting of black dots, each meant to end the sentence of the Word’s life on earth! Some spontaneous, others devilishly devised.

  • First, and probably the most vicious of all – the crucifixion excepted – is Herod’s concerted effort to destroy the tiny newborn baby Jesus! We are all familiar with the story. The angel of the Lord warned Joseph: “…flee to Egypt …for Herod is about to search for the child to destroy Him” (Mt 2:13). Herod’s plans reach a rancid fruition just after Joseph flees by night with Mary and the newborn Jesus. Herod is “in a furious rage” and ordered the killing of “all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under” (Mt 2:16). These were the “Holy Innocents” killed in the very place of Jesus, because Herod suspected that each one of them might be the newborn King of the Jews. Each of these babies is an innocent martyr – a baby alter Christi. And there was mourning, the first attempt upon His life.

We know now that Herod helped inspire the paranoid “Planned Parenthood” mentality so common today, and that if he had had the opportunity to have Unborn Jesus aborted he would have done so instantly! Unborn Jesus, like any “unwanted” unborn baby, represents a threat to the status quo.

  • We now fast forward about thirty years to the outset of our Lord’s public ministry. After Jesus was baptized by John, the Holy Spirit led Him out into the wilderness where He fasted for forty days. At the end of this period, the devil came to Him and tempted Jesus three times. The third deceitful temptation was a direct attempt upon the life of Jesus by the devil. They were on the pinnacle of the Temple in Jerusalem and the devil challenged Jesus: “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here…” (Lk 4:9-12). Christ does not succumb and the devil leaves Him, but Luke observes “he departed from Him until an opportune time”. The second attempt upon His life.
  • A little later Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth and went to the synagogue on the sabbath. He read a messianic prophesy from Isaiah and then explained that the text was being fulfilled in their midst. As he continued to speak the crowd became disenchanted: “…all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and put Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down headlong. But passing threw the midst of them He went away” (Lk 4:28-30). The third attempt upon His life.
  • One day, during the third year of His public ministry, Jesus was in the Temple in Jerusalem teaching, when things grew controversial. Surprisingly, He got into a debate with “the Jews who had believed in Him” (Jn 8:31). Finally, Jesus says to them: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” What did the Jews “who had believed in Him” do (along with others who didn’t believe in Him)? “So they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple” (Jn 8:57-59). The fourth attempt upon His life.
  • Finally, it was wintertime, the feast of the Dedication and Jesus was in the Temple in Jerusalem at a spot called the portico of Solomon (Jn 10:22-23). He is challenged by the people and He gives a short answer, ending with: “I and the Father are one”. We read: “The Jews took up stones again to stone Him” (Jn 10:31, also 11:7-8), He speaks again, then they try to arrest Him but He “escaped from their hands” (10:39). The fifth attempt upon His life.
  • We are all familiar with the sixth and final attempt upon our Lord’s life; His bloody Passion and crucifixion atop Golgotha! Jesus was targeted from infancy through adulthood. From the devil to His own countrymen, from political leaders to religious leaders, His innocence and authoritative teaching was difficult for sinners to bear. So too today, the innocence of the unborn baby and the “word” each would speak, is attacked by a self-absorbed hypocritical world that falsely champions human rights while daily plotting the deaths of the weakest among us.

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Jesus: Suffering servant in the womb
March 8, 2008, 2:40 am
Filed under: Pro-life, Quotes from Great Christians, Unborn Jesus

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I recognize that not everyone will like this picture and I myself used it with some hesitancy. But it highlights a theme that quite a few saints and spiritual authors have written about which actually seems very relevant in our time (because of abortion), namely that Christ’s time in the womb was a time of suffering for our sins. Here are four quotes for our Lenten meditation:

Salvation to all that will is nigh;
That All, which always is all everywhere,
Which cannot sin, and yet all sins must bear,
Which cannot die, yet cannot choose but die,
Lo, faithful virgin, yields Himself to lie
In prison, in thy womb… John Donne, The Annunciation

“The third characteristic then of the obedience of Christ is that it was tried by suffering and humiliations. To accomplish the Will of His heavenly Father, the Infant Christ, with the full use of every faculty, consented to be enclosed for nine months in the dark prison of His Mother’s womb. Other infants feel not this privation as they have not the use of reason, but Christ had the use of reason and must have dreaded the confinement in the narrow womb, even of her whom He had chosen to be His Mother.

Through obedience to His Father, and from the love He bore to man, He overcame this dread, and the Church says: ‘When Thou didst take upon Thee to deliver Man, Thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.’ Again, our dear Lord needed no small amount of patience and humility, to assume the manners and the weaknesses of a child, when He was not only wiser than Solomon, but was the Man ‘in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.’ ” St. Robert Bellarmine, The Seven Words on the Cross

“Consider the painful life that Jesus Christ led in the womb of his Mother, and the long‑confined and dark imprisonment that he suffered there for nine months. Other infants are indeed in the same state; but they do not feel the miseries of it, because they do not know them. But Jesus knew them well, because from the first moment of his life he had the perfect use of reason….The womb of Mary was therefore, to our Redeemer a voluntary prison, because it was a prison of love. But it was also not an unjust prison: he was indeed innocent himself, but he had offered himself to pay our debts and to satisfy for our crimes. It was therefore only reasonable for the divine justice to keep him thus imprisoned, and so begin to exact from him the due satisfaction.

Behold the state to which the Son of God reduces himself for the love of men, he deprives himself of his liberty and puts himself in chains, to deliver us from the chains of hell.” St. Alphonsus de Liguori,The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ

“He was filled with compassion for all the miseries of creation, and this never left Him henceforward; and most of all did He feel for sin, the greatest and the truest of our miseries, and He distinctly and separately pitied the sins of each one of us in particular.

He surrendered Himself as a prisoner in His Mother s womb, for crime, for debt, and as a prisoner of war, as if He were a delinquent threefold by all those three liabilities. He only left His prison to suffer and to expiate, and it seems as though He loved it so, that He repeats His state of imprisonment in the Blessed Sacrament.” Father Faber, The Blessed Sacrament

When I think of Christ suffering in the womb for our sins it gives me great hope. Hope that He has obtained for us a special grace during His time of suffering in the womb – a grace that will enable us to overcome abortion in our time.



My child, My Gift – an important new Pro-life book
March 5, 2008, 9:46 pm
Filed under: Medical/Bioethical Issues, Pro-life

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Maddie with her four brothers, all of whom have Down syndrome. Left to right: Jonny, Danial, Justin, Jesse

In our last post we talked about a new bill (The Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act) which will be going to the Senate for a vote in the near future.

This bill tries to address the lack of support for woman who are given a serious prenatal diagnosis. As a result of this lack of support a large percentage of woman when told that their unborn child will have a serious health or disability issue are choosing to abort these children.

Coincidentally, a new and important book just published on this subject is now available. The name of the book is:

MY CHILD, MY GIFT:

A POSITIVE RESPONSE TO SERIOUS PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS

It was written by veteran author Madeline Pecora Nugent. For more information on this book you can view our previous post or visit the book’s website. The website not only talks about the book and how to order it but also has other resources for anyone who wants to know more about this topic. I believe that this book will not only be a great comfort to women who have been given a serious prenatal diagnosis but will be helpful to all pro-lifers especially those who help woman in pregnancy crisis centers.

To order this book click here:

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The next generation advancing the pro-life cause
March 3, 2008, 9:10 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Medical/Bioethical Issues

Two interesting pieces of pro-life news really highlight how the next generation is advancing the pro-life cause.

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A few years ago a Harvard student, Brian Skotko, did research about the lack of support that woman who were given a diagnosis for Down’s Syndrome received from their doctors. Student’s study fosters bipartisan legislation.He found that most woman had been given very little information and none of it positive from their doctor after being prenatally diagnosed with a Down’s Syndrome baby. It is no wonder that 90% of these children are now aborted. Mothers: Doctors Too Negative When Diagnosing Down Syndrome.

This study was so convincing that Senator Sam Brownback introduced the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act into the Senate on 7/18/2007. Just last week,the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the Pre-natally and Post-natally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act on a unanimous vote. The bill now moves to full Senate consideration– For more information click here.

The proposed legislation would require that families who receive a diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other condition, prenatally or up until a year after birth, be given up-to-date information about the nature of the condition and connection with support services and networks that could offer assistance. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is a co-sponsor.

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The second story is about the pro-life students at UCLA and the unique ways they have of unmasking Planned Parenthood. Last year a UCLA student Lila Rose posed as a pregnant 15 year-old and entered a Santa Monica Planned Parenthood. She told them that the father of the child was a 23 year old. Instead of reporting the incident to the proper authorities, “The abortion facility staff encouraged her to “figure out a birth-date that works,” to obtain the abortion and avoid getting the man in trouble with the police.”

These great UCLA students have a new expose of the abortion industry which is making headlines around the country. Here is a description of their latest venture (from Kelly Clark): They arranged for an actor to call Planned Parenthood “development centers” in seven states and pretend to be a donor asking that his donation go specifically to aborting black babies to reduce the black population.

Sure enough, the Planned Parenthood staffers didn’t bat an eye at the caller’s sickening, overt racism; they were happy to process his donation. One PP staffer in Idaho even called a racist statement “understandable.”

This all makes perfect sense to anyone who knows that Planned Parenthood plants most of its abortion chambers in minority neighborhoods. PP thinks the way to get rid of poverty is to get rid of poor babies. They aborted more than 264,000 babies in their most recent reported year.

For more information read the following – Student Magazine Says Planned Parenthood Probe Finds Abortion Racism.



The Visitation – The unborn Christ begins his saving mission
March 2, 2008, 10:28 pm
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians, Unborn Jesus

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“Truly He is in haste to be about His Father s business. Truly He is an impatient conqueror, to be thus early beginning His conquests, and laying the foundations of His world-wide empire. He cannot bear to be in the world for even so short a while, but sin shall feel the weight of His unborn arm…. His first mission and ministry was in the womb and the babe unborn the first conquest of His divine apostolate.

By and bye we shall see Him pale and bleeding beneath the moonlit olives on the hill, whose umbrage shrouded the Creator in His astonishing mortal agony, and we shall know with what unutterable intensity He hated sin.

Yet the modest picturesque mystery of the Visitation hides a hatred of sin no less intense, and which almost seems to be more powerful and more divine.

The Baptist in His mother s womb has been conceived in guilt, like the rest of Adam’s children, Mary alone excepted. He is bound with the thralldom of the fall, with the chains of original sin. But the living Ark of the Covenant… brings her heavenly burden nigh to where he is; and the unborn Child destroys the sin and abolishes the curse of the unborn child.

The Baptist leaps with exultation in his mother’s womb, and worships, with the abounding gladness of his sinless soul, his Redeemer and His God hidden in the Virgin-Mother.”

Father Faber The Blessed Sacrament