UNBORN WORD of the day

Teacher in the Womb
October 14, 2008, 9:54 pm
Filed under: Pope Benedict XVI, Saints, Unborn Jesus

“Didn’t the Virgin Mary do the will of the Father? I mean, she believed by faith, she conceived by faith, she was chosen to be the one from whom salvation in the very midst of the human race would be born for us, she was created by Christ before Christ was created in her. Yes, of course, holy Mary did the will of the Father. And therefore it means more for Mary to have been a disciple of Christ than to have been the mother of Christ. It means more for her, an altogether greater blessing, to have been Christ’s disciple than to have been Christ’s mother. That is why Mary was blessed, because even before she gave him birth, she bore her teacher in her womb.”

From  Mary, a disciple of Christ, St. Augustine,  Sermon 72/A, 7

So much can be gained by reflecting on the way Mary learned from Jesus! From her very first “fiat”, through the long, ordinary years of the hidden life, as she brought up Jesus, or when at Cana in Galilee she asked for the first sign, or when finally on Calvary, by the Cross, she looked on Jesus, she “learned” him moment by moment. Firstly in faith and then in her womb, she received the Body of Jesus and then gave birth to him. Day after day, enraptured, she adored him. She served him with solicitous love, singing the Magnificat in her heart.

From: Pope Benedict, XVI in Poland May 26, 2006 VIAGGIO APOSTOLICO DI SUA SANTITÀ BENEDETTO XVI IN POLONIA (25-28 MAGGIO 2006) (V) , 26.05.2006

October 13, 2008, 11:47 am
Filed under: Unborn Jesus

Icon of the Annunciation, with Jesus in Mary’s womb, in Nazareth

Let us mine today just one vein in those vast “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8) which can be found in the unpretentious Unborn Jesus – namely, as Model of all Virtues:

The Theological Virtues

Undaunted Faith

Unbounded Hope

Unsurpassed Love

The Cardinal Virtues

Unutterable Prudence

Unimpeachable Justice

Unfaltering Fortitude

Uncharted Temperance

Watch your spiritual investments soar
October 10, 2008, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Pro-life, Thriving Not Just Surviving!

The Sermon on the Mount was lengthy – and for good reason – because the people needed a long sermon on the proper way to live. Actually, the sermon was intended just as much for us today as it was for those folks back in the day. It covered lots of topics – financial investment wasn’t one of them. But, do you remember this pithy piece of advice?

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Mt 6:24

The word “mammon” is slightly ambiguous in meaning. My Bible Dictionary notes its use in Rabbinical writings, the Talmud and in the New Testament. It seems to mean property and possessions (including of course money). Maybe a spirit of “Materialism”. But here, by comparing it in a sense to “God”, Jesus seems to be elevating its meaning to dizzying heights, such as those who might even be inclined to “worship” it as a false god.

So there we have it. If we look around at modern life we see Materialism falsely elevated, for many, higher than God Himself! But with Materialism comes a phony morality which we can safely term “Immorality”.

We might say that Mother Teresa of Calcutta predicted this stock market crash when she quietly stated the obvious. Paraphrasing: “Abortion has turned the world up side down.” Of course abortion is just one example of morality’s skeleton picked clean by the vultures of materialism and consumerism. Every area of modern life has been dragged down into a base immorality. All ten, of the once revered TEN COMMANDMENTS, have been abandoned by a vast number of modern people and many will even claim that the breaking of commandments are in fact virtuous acts. This is the moral world up side down, for sure.

BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS! Your investments in worshiping and obeying the One True God! Your investments in People. Your investments in true “old fashioned” morality! Your investments in living the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love! These are the investments that will truly endure!

These are the investments that will bring you peace and turn your world right side up!

Three more reasons for hope
October 8, 2008, 8:18 pm
Filed under: Pro-life

Besides the 12 reasons the Pro-life movement is winning that Father Frank Pavone speaks about, I would like to point out 3 more reasons for hope.

October 5 – 13th is the annual week of Prayer and Fasting. At the end of this week  many will attend the16th Annual week of Prayer and Fasting Conference held in Washington. Click on the above sign to find out more about this week and conference.

40 Days for Life

From now through November 2, people in 179 cities in 47 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and two Canadian provinces are taking part in 40 days of prayer and fasting, constant vigil and community outreach! 40 Days for Life encourages peaceful prayer in front of abortion clinics across the nation. I know this movement has grown because they have come to my town this year. Click on the map below to find out where they are praying.

And finally last week we posted about the upcoming October 5th event, Life Chain. Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing for one hour praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. On Sunday, October 5, for the 21st year in a row tens of thousands of people formed Life Chains with 1650 individual Life Chains in 1400 cities across the nation.  Josephine County Right to Life has already posted a video from a Life Chain in Medford, Oregon this Sunday.

Sarah Palin: Her three secret weapons
October 6, 2008, 12:09 am
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

PRAYER: Here is Sarah Palin’s final preparation right before going out to  debate Senator Joe Biden.

LOVE FOR CHILDREN: On the way to the debate – what a beautiful picture of  Sarah with Trig.

WOMEN: Yesterday at a rally in Carson California Sarah Palin was endorsed by Shelley Mandel who is the President of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW. Shelley Mandel did not speak on behalf of NOW but spoke for herself. Click here to see the endorsement in which Ms. Mandel said:

“America This is What a Feminist Looks Like”

In mid September Lynn Forester De Rothschild, former Hillary Clinton supporter and fundraiser, who was also on the Democratic Platform committee, endorsed John McCain and Sarah Palin. Click here to see her interviewed by Wolf Blitzer.

October 4, 2008, 10:52 am
Filed under: Pro-life, The Incarnation, Unborn Jesus

UNBORNWORDoftheday and our sponsoring organization UNBORN WORD ALLIANCE invite you to join us in 70 DAYS OF PRO-LIFE PRAYER for the U.S. Elections on Tuesday November 4, 2008. We offer our prayer to God for the election of pro-life politicians in all races, at all levels and in all states (and territories).

We take our inspiration from a most humble nun of the middle ages, St. Juliana of Cornillon (1193-1258) who was the original promoter of the Corpus Christi feast day and had a fascinating devotion to honor the Son of God within the womb of His mother Mary. St. Juliana said the “Magnificat” (Lk 1:46-55) nine times a day to honor “the nine months for which the singular Virgin bore the author of our salvation, the only-begotten Son of God, in her womb” (Acta Sanctorum, April, vol. i).

We begin our 70 DAYS OF PRO-LIFE PRAYER today, October 4, 2008, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, whose devotion to the infant Christ child led him to re-create the first Nativity Scene (also in the middle ages). We encourage those who join us to pray Mary’s Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55) every day. Mary was pregnant with the Unborn Christ Child when she prayed & proclaimed the Magnificat! We will end our 70 DAYS OF PRO-LIFE PRAYER on December 12, 2008, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Those days following the Election will be days of “thanksgiving”.) The Virgin of Guadalupe was pregnant with the Unborn Christ Child when she appeared to the peasant St. Juan Diego in 1531.

If you are able to match the contemplative St. Juliana in saying the Magnificat 9 times each day; bravo! But perhaps a more modest 3 times a day, in honor of the three trimesters during which Mary carried Unborn Jesus in her womb, would be more realistic for many. And yet, without a doubt, God would be greatly pleased even if you are only able to say just one Magnificat each day in honor of each day that Unborn Jesus spent in the womb of His mother.

The opening words of Mary’s Magnificat are Psalm-like: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” Indeed, she had the Unborn Christ Child within her and no doubt she did “reflect” the goodness of God in her thoughts, words and deeds, much as the moon beautifully reflects the bright shining rays of the magnificent Sun.

In his book The Feast of Faith, then Cardinal Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) made this simple observation about prayer: “How can I learn to pray? By praying in fellowship…I learn to pray by praying with others, with my mother for instance, by following her words which are gradually filled out with meaning for me as I speak, live and suffer in fellowship with her.” During this 70 DAYS OF PRO-LIFE PRAYER, we can learn from the mother of the Unborn Christ Child, and our Mother in the faith, by repeating her words of praise and proclamation in the Magnificat. Words she uttered as the Unborn Word of God rested within her womb.