UNBORN WORD of the day


The Christ Child’s Lullaby
June 16, 2008, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Poems

My love my treasured one are you
my sweet and lovely son are you
you are my love my darling you
Unworthy I of you

Alleluia …

Your mild and gentle eyes proclaim
the loving heart with which you came
a tender helpless tiny babe
with boundless gifts of grace

Alleluia…

King of kings most holy one
God a son eternal one
You are my God and helpless son
My ruler of mankind

This is a carol from the Hebrides (The group of Islands of the West coast of Scotland)



POLY SCI 101 – ACCORDING TO ARCHBISHOP JOHN MYERS
June 15, 2008, 12:58 am
Filed under: Pro-life, Quotes from Great Christians

On September 17, 2004 Archbishop Myers had an insightful yet succinct article in The Wall Street Journal titled, A VOTER’S GUIDE Pro-Choice Candidates and Church Teaching.

He begins by talking about a statement released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (headed at the time by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) called “On Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion“. He goes on:

“Cardinal Ratzinger stated that a “Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of a candidate’s permissive stand on abortion.” But the question of the moment is whether a Catholic may vote for a pro-abortion candidate for other reasons. The cardinal’s next sentence answered that question: A Catholic may vote for a pro-abortion Catholic politician only ‘in the presence of proportionate reasons.’

What are “proportionate reasons”? …for a Catholic citizen to vote for a candidate who supports abortion and embryo-destructive research, one of the following circumstances would have to obtain: either (a) both candidates would have to be in favor of embryo killing on roughly an equal scale or (b) the candidate with the superior position on abortion and embryo-destructive research would have to be a supporter of objective evils of a gravity and magnitude beyond that of 1.3 million yearly abortions plus the killing that would take place if public funds were made available for embryo-destructive research.

Frankly, it is hard to imagine circumstance (b) in a society such as ours. No candidate advocating the removal of legal protection against killing for any vulnerable group of innocent people other than unborn children would have a chance of winning a major office in our country. Even those who support the death penalty for first-degree murderers are not advocating policies that result in more than a million killings annually.”

The rest of the article wrestles with that question: ‘What are proportionate reasons?’ He comments on lots of issues – the war in Iraq, the death penalty, welfare, social security, taxes, and others showing how abortion takes precedence over each of these issues. It is an excellent article and just as relevant today as it was in 2004. To read the entire article click here.



“Beautiful is God, the Word of God…beautiful in the womb”
June 10, 2008, 10:37 pm
Filed under: John Paul II, Saints, The Incarnation

Mary is the ‘Holy House’ who bore God in her womb and is forever to be honoured by Elizabeth Want

In his Apostolic Exhortaion entitled Vita Consecrata (March 25, 1996) John Paul II has a thought provoking quote from St. Augustine:

“Beautiful is God, the Word with God … He is beautiful in heaven, beautiful on earth; beautiful in the womb, beautiful in his parents’ arms, beautiful in his miracles, beautiful in his sufferings; beautiful in inviting to life, beautiful in not worrying about death, beautiful in giving up his life and beautiful in taking it up again; he is beautiful on the Cross, beautiful in the tomb, beautiful in heaven. Listen to the song with understanding, and let not the weakness of the flesh distract your eyes from the splendour of his beauty.” #24



ANOTHER FRIEND TO UNBORN CHILDREN WHO CHAMPIONS THEIR RIGHTS
June 8, 2008, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Archbishop John J. Myers led the Stations of the Cross for Life in Englewood. Participants walked in procession past a clinic that performs abortions while praying the rosary.

In our last post we discussed Archbishop Raymond Burke and a pontifical appointment he and Archbishop John Myers received. Today we will feature a few quotes from Archbishop Myers who was Bishop of Peoria, IL from 1987-2001 and has been Archbishop of Newark, NJ since 2001.

In June 1990 he wrote a Pastoral Statement on the Obligations of Catholics and the Rights of Unborn Children. Here are a few quotes:

“Public law wisely does not attempt to forbid every immoral act or require that citizens fulfill every one of their moral obligations. There are, however, certain evil acts which the law of any just society must forbid. One of the central purposes of public authority is to prevent injustices. Gravely unjust acts, especially acts of unjust killing, cannot be legally tolerated. Nor can public law permit the unjust killing of a whole class of human beings while protecting the lives of others.

“Let there be no doubt that striving for legal abortion is radically inconsistent with the Catholic faith. Any citizen or public official who helps to make abortion more widely available, or any priest, religious, or theologian who teaches that it ought to be made available, commits a grave injustice against the most vulnerable members of the human family.”

“There is, and can be, no such thing as an authentic “pro-choice” Catholic.”

“As voters, Catholics are under an obligation to avoid implicating themselves in abortion.”

In May 2004 he wrote another pastoral statement called: A Time for Honesty. In this statement he discussed the issue of abortion and conscience. Here are a few quotes:

…’respect’ for another’s conscience should never require abandoning one’s own properly formed conscience. Conscientious opposition to abortion, rooted in an understanding of the sanctity of human life, may not be sacrificed simply because others, whose consciences are gravely mistaken, would unjustly take the life of an unborn baby.”

“Human life is a gift from God and as Catholics we have a most grave obligation to defend all human life from the moment of conception until natural death. God help us if we fail in this most fundamental obligation.

A FUTURE POST WILL INCLUDE QUOTES FROM ARCHBISHOP MYERS’ 2004 WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE titled “A Voter’s Guide“.



WHAT IS A BISHOP TO DO…WHEN CATHOLIC POLITICIANS OBSTINATELY PERSEVERE IN PROMOTING ABORTION?
June 3, 2008, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life, The Eucharist

Catholic politicians who vote for abortion

First, check out can. 915 of the Code of Canon Law.

Second, read Archbishop Raymond Burke’s recently published article in the Canon Law journal Periodica de re Canonica, vol. 96 (2007) called, The Discipline Regarding the Denial of Holy Communion to Those Obstinately Persevering in Manifest Grave Sin.

We devoted a post to this topic on May 1, 2008, focusing on the denial of Eucharistic communion to Catholic politicians who, after being instructed by their pastor in the Church’s teaching about the sacredness of human life, persist in promoting abortion. But we wanted to give a little more information and also an update. The article by Archbishop Burke might be legitimately seen as a turning point in the Church’s efforts to discipline those who want to stand defiantly against human life within the womb and also want Catholics to vote for them in every election. These are the deceitful Catholic politicians who want their cake and want to eat it too, or in their case want you to abort your baby and want to kiss your baby on the campaign trail too!

With the aforementioned article Archbishop Burke is leading a nimble Canonical charge against Catholic politicians who want to aggressively promote the culture of death within our society. God bless him! Well, that is exactly what is happening. I subscribe to the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, and on the back page of my May 14, 2008 English Edition, under the “Roman Curia” heading I read the following news: Appointments by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. I see a blank expression on your face! This Pontifical Council is the official body which authentically interprets Canon Law. After naming six cardinals appointed as members the list ends humbly with two Archbishops: “Archbishop John Joseph Myers of Newark, U.S.A. and Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke of Saint Louis, U.S.A.

While Archbishop Burke is no stranger to the Vatican – years ago he served on the Roman Rota – yet this recent appointment following his publication of a somewhat controversial article on a very controversial subject suggests that the Vatican is on board with Burke and bored with the old approach of “letting sleeping dogs lie” (especially when they are really wolves in sheep’s clothing).

OUR NEXT BLOG WILL FEATURE ARCHBISHOP JOHN J. MYERS



15th Century artist probes the mystery of the Incarnation
June 3, 2008, 12:05 am
Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians, Unborn Jesus

The Annunciation by Robert Campin (ca. 1375–1444)

This is a very unusual Annunciation picture by Robert Campin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art gives a detailed description of the painting.

“In a novel departure from tradition, the Annunciation is imagined as taking place not in a church but in a Netherlandish house, with objects providing visual cues for devotional instruction. The lily signifies the purity of the Virgin, who is seated on the ground, reading, to suggest her humility and piety. The Virgin’s husband, Joseph, is shown diligently at work; the mousetrap displayed on the window ledge is an allusion to the cross the unborn Christ carries in the center panel (according to Saint Augustine, the cross was the mousetrap with which God caught the Devil).”

You will notice that beneath the triptych we isolated and enlarged unborn Christ carrying the cross that was referred to in the above description. To see the triptych enlarged click on the above painting.

Blessed Columba Marmion who was devoted to the cross of Christ wrote the following:

“We ought not to consider Christ’s Sacrifice as offered only at the time of the Passion. Christ is a Victim from the moment of the Incarnation, and it is as Victim that He offers Himself…. He accepted to fulfill all that was decreed: He said to His Father: “Behold I come”: Ecce venio (Heb 10:7). The initial act of offering whereby He wholly yielded Himself up, virtually contained all His sacrifice….” .

Blessed Columba Marmion, O.S.B.
Christ The Ideal Of The Monk