UNBORN WORD of the day

Something beautiful for the unborn as we start Advent
November 30, 2008, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Pro-life, Unborn Jesus


A photograph of the sculpture Mary Full of Life renders it larger than life. The image appears on a billboard over Old Town at the intersection of West Burnside Street and Northwest Third Avenue.

In an article entitled: Old Town billboard of pregnant Mary aims to bear hope, Nancy Haught begins:

“An image of a very pregnant Mary, the mother of Jesus, looks down on Old Town from a billboard on West Burnside Street and Northwest Third Avenue. In the weeks before Christmas, she is a reminder of the approaching celebration of her son’s birth.” Click here to read the rest of the story.

Recently, Valerie Aschbacher,  (who commissioned the sculpture and  put up the billboard) got in touch with us to share her beautiful website : Mary Full of Life.  In her email she said: ‘It appears Mary has been “speaking” to quite a few of us…..This artwork began in 2004.’

Click here to see this wonderful sculpture and the prayer that Valerie wrote artfully displayed and brought to life .

Let us pray.
Holy Mary, Full of Life
The Word lives within you!
Blessed are you among all generations
Divine is The Son, in your womb, Jesus.
Humble Mary, Bearer of God
Show us, your children,
How we may be born into new life.

Prayer by Valerie Aschbacher

Re-reading the Magnificat in a Eucharistic Key
November 29, 2008, 10:42 pm
Filed under: John Paul II, Mary, The Incarnation


The Visitation, panel from the St. James Altarpiece, c.1440 Bohemian School, (15th century) (Czech) tempera on panel (visitation type fetus)

“In the Eucharist the Church is completely united to Christ and his sacrifice, and makes her own the spirit of Mary. This truth can be understood more deeply by re-reading the Magnificat in a Eucharistic key. The Eucharist, like the Canticle of Mary, is first and foremost praise and thanksgiving.

When Mary exclaims: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’, she already bears Jesus in her womb. She praises God ‘through’ Jesus, but she also praises him ‘in’ Jesus and ‘with’ Jesus. This is itself the true ‘Eucharistic attitude’.
At the same time Mary recalls the wonders worked by God in salvation history in fulfillment of the promise once made to the fathers (cf. Lk 1:55), and proclaims the wonder that surpasses them all, the redemptive incarnation.

Lastly, the Magnificat reflects the eschatological tension of the Eucharist. Every time the Son of God comes again to us in the “poverty” of the sacramental signs of bread and wine, the seeds of that new history wherein the mighty are ‘put down from their thrones’ and ‘those of low degree are exalted’ (cf. Lk 1:52), take root in the world.

Mary sings of the ‘new heavens’and the ‘new earth’ which find in the Eucharist their anticipation and in some sense their programme and plan. The Magnificat expresses Mary’s spirituality, and there is nothing greater than this spirituality for helping us to experience the mystery of the Eucharist. The Eucharist has been given to us so that our life, like that of Mary, may become completely a Magnificat!

John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia, section 58

The first three months of his life continued
November 28, 2008, 11:33 am
Filed under: Pro-life, Quotes from Great Christians, Unborn Jesus


Mary in the House of Elizabeth  found in Mary, the mother of Jesus : an essay by Alice Meynell, 1847-1922; Illustrations, Robert Anning Bell

“Three months Mary abode in Zachary s house, and all that time the flame of communicating love abode there too, burning ever more brightly within her. What a privilege for the house of Zachary! We read in Sacred History that once “the Ark of the Lord abode in the house of Obededom the Gethite for three months; and the Lord blessed Obededom and all his household.” (2 Kings vi. 11.)

What then must have been the blessings bestowed on Zachary’s household, while Mary the ‘Ark of the Covenant’ abode there! ‘ Foederis area, ora pro nobis.’  Pray that we too may get the blessings of those who receive thee as their constant guest.”  From Mater Christi : meditations on Our Lady (1920). Mother St. Paul


“Our Lady stayed with Elizabeth until John was born; that is the point of the ‘three months’; the gospel account is surely Mary’s personal recital. There were no maternity wards in those days, and Mary assisted at the birth of Elizabeth’s son.” From The Gospel Story by Ronald Knox and Ronald Cox, Sheed and Ward, 1958

What I love about this painting (see below) is that Mary is holding John the Baptist right after his birth. Of course, Jesus is also present at this birth in his mother’s womb.


The Birth of St. John the Baptist, Andrea di Nerio, c. 1350

the first three months of His life on earth
November 25, 2008, 12:24 am
Filed under: Mary, The Incarnation, Unborn Jesus


Mary in the House of Elizabeth , Robert Anning Bell 1863-1933

All through those blessed three months during which Mary abode with Zachary and Elizabeth, she was singing Magnificat. All through her life she sang Magnificat, even though she was the Mother of Sorrows, for the thought of God’s glory ever lifted her out of herself and made her praise Him for all He did. It was because Mary had said her Fiat that she could say her Magnificat….

…We know nothing of what went on during those three months, but we may presume that things continued as they began. It is not likely that Elizabeth said her ‘Ave’ only once, and only once spoke of the honour she considered it to have the Mother of God in her house. It is not likely that the unborn Forerunner never again saluted His Master, in Whose presence he so continually was. It is impossible to conceive that Mary sang God’s praises and her own unworthiness no more during those three months. And what about Jesus ? These were the first three months of His life on earth, and grace was surely going out from Him to His Blessed Mother first, and then to all who knew the secret.”
From Mater Christi : meditations on Our Lady (1920). Mother St. Paul

Mexico standing up for the “Gift of Life”
November 22, 2008, 8:35 pm
Filed under: John Paul II, Pro-life


Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization by Mother Adela, SCTJM

During one of his visits to Mexico, Pope John Paul II said “No Mexican should dare to victimize the precious and sacred gift of life that grows in the womb.”

Sadly enough that all changed on April 24, 2007 when the Mexico City legislature approved a bill to make abortion legal during the first three months of pregnancy. On August 28, 2008 the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) upheld the law legalizing abortion in Mexico City through 12 weeks of pregnancy, rejecting a constitutional challenge.

But according to an article entitled “A Wake-up Call” by Sean Salai in The Catholic World Report there is still a great deal of hope for Mexico. Here are some points from the article:

-“The Supreme Courts ruling merely states the city’s legislation is constitutional and makes no provision for wider legalization measures.”

-Fr. Marco Bran Flores, S.J. from Mexico states:”…Mexico City exhibits a very different cultural environment…Mexico City’s liberal reputation is almost mythical throughout the country, and contrasts sharply with the conservatism of the other big cities. This law will not easily be duplicated in other parts of Mexico.”

-Mexican Bishops have come out strongly even telling lawmakers who voted for this law that they are automatically excommunicated.

– Rosalind Villasenor, a Mexican born lay minister who conducts abstinence retreats in the U.S. and Mexico points out: “I wouldn’t consider (the law) typical, Mexico is known to be protective of its culture, faith and values. There can’t be anything more important (to Mexican) than life.”

And one other point that the article made was:

-“This law will have little effect on the rest of Mexico and will only serve to galvanize the Mexican pro-life movement.”

And that is exactly what has happened – since the March 2007 Mexico City pro-abortion law was passed there have been many demonstrations for life in Mexico. Here are links that show the Mexican people standing up for life:

Mexico Pro-Life Advocates Will Protest Abortions Once They Begin April 25, 2007


Silent No More Pro-Life March, Mexico March 2007


40,000 march against abortion in Guadalajara May 11, 2007


Massive Mexican Protest for life on May 25 /2008


Mexico City Pilgrimage to Protest Abortion Law to be Held this Sunday “Pilgrimage for the Marvelous Gift of Life,” June 22.2008


Mexican Pro-Lifers to UN: Stop Murdering our Children Organization accuses United Nations of complicity in “genocide” against Mexicans July 16, 2008


Mexico Bells ordered to be rung as ‘sign of morning’ Aug 31, 2008

But there is even better news coming out of Mexico.

Last week, at the national meeting of the Mexican Bishops conference, they agreed to the following actions for the defense of life
  • Prayer, Holy hours, Masses for life
  • Teaching “Evangelium Vitae” everywhere
  • Massive and permanent campaigns for life
  • Promoting pro-life laws
  • Creating pro-life and natural family planning committees at parish level.


Pro-lifer’s are also working hard on the political level to outlaw abortion in the rest of the country.

In order to prevent the attempt to legalize abortion at the national level Mexico needs 16 of its 31 states to protect human life in their constitutions. Since the Supreme Court ruling in August many of the Mexican States have been putting this legislation on a fast track. Following are the states that have either passed this legislation or are working on protecting human life in their constitutions:
  • Sonora October, 2008 (with exceptions in case of rape, mother’s life, miscarriage)
  • Baja California October, 2008 (no exceptions)
  • Morelos November, 2008 (no exceptions)
  • Chihuahua already had protections for life in their constitution since 1994.
  • Last week the Governor of Veracruz has sent his State congress a bill to protect life from conception.
  • Jalisco and Nuevo Leon, the two most important Mexican states after Mexico City, are on the verge of approving constitutional amendments that will establish the right to life of the unborn from the moment of conception.
  • Also, last June Legislators in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which borders the United States, rejected an attempt to decriminalize abortion, according to the news agency Infonorte.
  • Guanajuato and Jalisco each have proposed Constitutional amendments, but they still don’t have enough votes from PRI legislators to approve them, so they are waiting.

We should be encouraged and find inspiration in the Pro-life response of the Mexican people. Please remember them in your prayers. Thanks to Marcela Vaquera for giving us current information on the situation in Mexico.

Post election: Encouraging words and signs
November 17, 2008, 11:16 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life


  • “If God seems at times to be slow in responding, it is because he is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. We well know that the long awaited gift is all the more precious for the delay in its being granted….Ask, seek, insist. Through the asking and seeking you will be better prepared to receive God’s gift when it comes. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for his greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart.” St. Augustine on prayer from Sermon 61: 6-7.

  • A recent Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus again showed that — when presented with clear choices in a polling question — only 8% of Americans favor abortion on demand throughout pregnancy. The poll also found that 60% of Americans favor banning all abortions, or limiting them to the rare cases of danger to the mother’s life, rape or incest. Click here for poll results.

  • The Catholic Bishops pledged (at their recent November meeting) the resources of the Church to mobilize the Catholic community to oppose FOCA and all other attempts to eliminate existing pro-life laws and policies. This will include a massive education and postcard campaign beginning in January, urging members of Congress to reject the abortion extremism of FOCA.

Here are some encouraging quotes from individual Bishops attending the recent Bishop’s meeting:

  • “We have lost 50 times as many children in the last 35 years as we have lost soldiers in all the wars since the Revolution. Any bishop here would be willing, would consider it a privilege, to die tomorrow if it meant ending abortion,” he said. “We should dedicate the rest of our lives to taking any kind of criticism, whatever it is, to stop this horrible genocide.”  Auxiliary Bishop Robert Hermann

  • Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki said FOCA would have a “significant and adverse effect” and that bishops “need to be prepared in the face of increasingly militant threats to unborn life.  The next step would be for federal law to require abortions by all hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, which we cannot do,” he said. “We’d need to consider taking the drastic step of closing our Catholic hospitals completely.”

  • “One cannot compromise between the fire and the fire department, the fly and the fly swatter. There are things that don’t admit of compromise – and vile … intrinsic evil such as abortion do not admit us any such compromise.” Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Bishop Joseph F. Martino said the bishops must concentrate on reaching out to Catholic politicians who disagree with them, even if they have to threaten excommunication in the same way that bishops in St. Louis and New Orleans threatened segregationist Catholic officials in 1947 and 1962.

Bishops warn Obama about abortion issue Will resist ‘culture of coercion’

‘unborn Jesus’…is branded into our spirit.
November 12, 2008, 8:19 pm
Filed under: Pro-life, Unborn Jesus

Annunciation, Vittore Carpaccio Galleria Franchetti in the Ca d’Oro, Venice

“In working for the common good of our society, racial justice is one pillar of our social doctrine. Economic justice, especially for the poor both here and abroad, is another.

But the Church comes also and always and everywhere with the memory, the conviction, that the Eternal Word of God became man, took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, nine months before Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This truth is celebrated in our liturgy because it is branded into our spirit. The common good can never be adequately incarnated in any society when those waiting to be born can be legally killed at choice.

If the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision that African Americans were other people’s property and somehow less than persons were still settled constitutional law, Mr. Obama would not be president of the United States. Today, as was the case a hundred and fifty years ago, common ground cannot be found by destroying the common good.”

Plenary Session Address by Cardinal George, 2008 Fall General Assembly of Bishops, Nov. 10-12.

Alma Redemptoris Mater
November 11, 2008, 9:28 pm
Filed under: Mary, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Vierge Ouvrante (Opening Virgin) click on picture to open and see scenes from the Gospel

Loving Mother of the Redeemer

Gate of heaven, Star of the Sea,

Assist your people who have fallen

yet strive to rise again.

To the wonderment of nature

you bore your Creator,

yet remained a virgin after as before.

You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,

have pity on us poor sinners.

Sister Linus sent this to me: During Advent, this is the antiphon used in Compline for the Divine Office. She points out that, “Today it’s like a prayer of sorrow and reparation.”

November 10, 2008, 9:24 pm
Filed under: Pro-life, Unborn Jesus


Meeting of Mary and Elisabeth, Marx Reichlich, Austrian painter (b. 1460, Salzburg, d. 1520, Salzburg) Wood, 100,5 x 81,2 cm Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Many of us are shuddering at the prospect of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) promised by the Democrats and president-elect Obama. For info on this act click here and here.

FOCA is a logical outgrowth of the Democratic Party Platform to promote and protect abortion as a uniquely construed “right” in and of itself. This platform plank, which has been central to the Democratic Party for many years, is a gross, ill-conceived principle at the foundation of the culture of death. It is a principle of death and a false “right”.

Meanwhile, on the sidelines now, millions are working for and praying for, a Culture of Life. In our gut there is a sense of desperation! But in our heart there must be a sense of expectation! Here are two key scripture verses at the pragmatic core of the Culture of Life philosophy/spirituality:

“…where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” Rom 5:20

“…in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” Rom 8:28

We can find wholesome expectation and hope in the Redemptive Pregnancy of Mary. More specifically, in the Unborn Baby, within the womb of Mary. He is Christ the Lord! (Lk 2:11) Is there a light at the end of this dark tunnel of the culture of death? Yes, He is Christ the light of the world! (Jn 8:12)

“The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.” (Jn 1:9)

“And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace” (Jn 1:16). When you read this wonderful verse, think of John the Baptist within his mother’s womb leaping for joy! Joy? Yes, joy because he is in the immediate presence of Unborn Jesus (Lk 1:39-44).

Just because we must be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Mt 10:16; another key scripture verse at the pragmatic core of the Culture of Life spirituality), doesn’t mean we can not also leap for joy in expectation with Elizabeth and unborn John the Baptist.

So leap don’t weep! Leap while you pray! Leap in Holy Expectation!

Prop 8 passage: Another ray of light ‘midst the dark night of our political landscape
November 7, 2008, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Thriving Not Just Surviving!


Proposition 8 states that “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.”

This election has taught me a powerful lesson. I live in California and I know first hand why Proposition 8 passed in one of the most liberal states in the union. How did they get this to pass in a state that is overwhelmingly liberal? Great organization, good ground game and hard work. The people at ProtectMarriage.com were ahead of the game. I had received a packet to collect signatures to put this proposition on the ballot a few weeks before the Supreme Court overturned marriage in California.

These people saw this coming and they were prepared. They had been watching the court case and saw where it was going. Once it was on the ballot the Knights of Columbus and the Mormon Church got into the fray right away along with many Christian and Catholic churches. In my town, not only did my Catholic Church push ‘Yes on 8’ but we had signs for everyone to put in their yards. Also extra signs to put them back in their yards when they were torn down. (Which happened frequently.)

A lot of people got involved in a phone bank (myself included and believe me I went way out of my comfort zone to do this) and I wouldn’t be surprised if most people on the voter list in my area got a phone call about ‘Yes on 8’. As the election approached people in my town often stood in groups on the street corners waving ‘Yes on 8’ signs. And on the day before the election many street corners were manned by 25 or more people waving Yes on 8 signs. The ‘Yes on 8’ also had a bus tour which had rallies all through California. I attended one that was in a town close to my own. I don’t know what it was like in the rest of California but I suspect something similar happened elsewhere.

‘Yes on 8’ passed and it taught me a lesson too. Next Presidential election pro-life people have to be as organized as their opposition.  Also we have to be smarter, plan better and work harder to win for the unborn. The ‘Yes on 8’ were as organized as the Democrats were this year and they won. In fact, a Californian writing about 8 on one blog said  “I heard a Democrat politician note that Prop 8 won because of good ‘ol fashion, door-to-door type neighborhood campaigning.” The Prop 8 people have stated on their website that over 100,000 volunteers were involved with ‘Yes on 8’.

I have always been proud of the pro-life movement in the U.S. We have worked hard and kept this issue alive. That is why the opposition has always been so ferocious.  Now let us begin again and pray, fast, and work harder, smarter, and even better on helping Americans say ‘yes for the unborn’.

A Ray of light ‘midst the dark night of our political landscape
November 7, 2008, 1:26 am
Filed under: Pro-life, Unborn Jesus


There is no doubt that many of us are discouraged right now. I wanted to talk about something that has helped me a great deal.

Many of you know that our blog’s subtitle is: Honoring the Unborn Christ Child, promoting the Gospel of Life, one day at a time…

During the election we encouraged those who read this blog to pray the Magnificat 9 times a day for the election in honor of the nine months that Jesus spent in Mary’s womb. This was a devotion that St. Juliana of Cornillon recommended to her friends. I assumed that most of you already were praying other Novenas etc. and that only a few would be able to add this to their already busy lives.

But I did start praying the Magnificat 9 times a day myself and we are continuing to pray this novena until the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. I want to tell you about how profound and powerful this experience  has been for me.

Let me explain – a few years ago I read Unborn Jesus Our Hope which is a meditation on the nine months that Jesus spent in Mary’s womb. Some of you know that it was written by my husband. It took him 20 years to write this book because he had to support a growing family and could only dedicate himself to it in his spare time. I basically ignored what he was doing for the entire 20 years. I didn’t really understand what he was trying to accomplish. When he decided that the book was ready and he turned to looking for a publisher (Life Cycle Books published it), I decided that I really should read it.

What happened is that I fell in love with the Unborn Christ Child. I only tell you this so that I can explain why praying the Magnificat has been so powerful for me.

I dedicate each Magnificat to a different month that Christ spent in Mary’s womb.

Initially with the first Magnificat, I place myself before Christ at the moment of His Conception.

With the 2nd Magnificat, Mary is visiting Elizabeth and praying this prayer herself.

At the 3rd Magnificat, Mary is with Elizabeth and Zachariah – the Unborn Christ Child is present at John’s Birth.

I travel the road back to Nazareth with Mary and Unborn Jesus while praying the 4th Magnificat.

The 5th Magnificat is with Mary, the pregnant mother who is unsure of her future but fully trusting in God as she senses Joseph’s agony until the Angel speaks to him.

At the 6th Magnificat Joseph joins Mary in her worship of the God within her womb.

The 7th Magnificat is in the happy home at Nazereth where Mary and Joseph prepared for the great task ahead of them while going about their ordinary duties.

At the 8th Magnificat, I am with them and unborn Jesus as the wonderful news of the census in Bethlehem came to them. They knew that God wanted the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem and now they saw God’s hand in history accomplishing this.

And finally, during the ninth Magnificat I am with Unborn Jesus, Mary and Joseph as they journey to Bethlehem, are rejected by the Innkeeper and find the stable that was the birth place of Our Blessed Lord.

John Paul II in his Encyclical Letter on the Holy Spirit (Dominum et Vivificantem) while speaking of the Incarnation reminded us:

“What was accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit “in the fullness of time” can only through the Spirit’s power now emerge from the memory of the Church. By his power it can be made present in the new phase of man’s history on earth.” Dominum et Vivificantem. 51

We can in a new way be present at that time in history when heaven was wedded to earth, when Jesus was powerfully present to our world in the womb of Mary. These are the moments in history where God first fully embraced humanity. And we can be reminded that he has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly and that His Mercy is on those who fear him in every generation.  The Almighty has done great things for all of us and holy is His Name.

Taste and see the great goodness of Our Lord. Like St. Juliana,  I too urge my friends to try this devotion. You will find strength and refreshment for your souls in this time of trial and disappointment. We need, like Pope John Paul reminds us,  ‘to make present in this phase of man’s history what was accomplished by the Holy Spirit in the”fullness of time”. This is what will give us strength to begin again and renew the face of the earth and continue to fight for our beloved unborn children.

Bishop Finn: Give consideration to your eternal salvation when you vote.
November 4, 2008, 7:53 am
Filed under: Pro-life


Yesterday, Father Peter Irving, a great priest in LA, alerted me to this. Bishop Finn was interviewed on a number of radio shows. Here is a link to his blog, Holy Innocents, Long Beach. Actually, right after getting Father Irving’s email, I was able to hear Bishop Finn on Hugh Hewitt. Here is what Bishop Finn said:

“I would say, give consideration to your eternal salvation. Because to vote for a person who has expressed a fanatical determination to not only support abortion as it exists now, but to remove all limitations on it through the Freedom of Choice Act and to extend it without any recourse, throwing out all the efforts of citizens over the last 35 years to place reasonable limits on abortion; that you, by voting for a person who has expressed his determination to do this, to Planned Parenthood, to NARAL, that you make yourself a participant in the act of abortion. That’s gravely wrong and you mustn’t do it because your eternal salvation is tied up with that important choice.”

Here is a link to the audio from one of Bishop Finn’s radio interviews. Apparently, he went on a number of radio stations, yesterday.

One vote but a multitude of prayers – vote for a culture of life!
November 3, 2008, 12:37 pm
Filed under: Prayer, Pro-life

I feel sorry for those who are unaware of the power of prayer! Every citizen has but one vote. Does he or she cast it prayerfully? Your vote should be like a spark en kindled by prayer striking conscience. Don’t waste your one solitary vote – vote your faith. Vote for the Culture of Life!

Your vote is like an angel’s arrow aimed at the heart of the body politic, not to kill it but to enliven it, to thrill it with a passion for justice, to ignite a firestorm of compassion for those in need and enkindle the social conscience, especially for the unborn.

But to vote well you must pray. Prayer is like a strong wind perfectly calibrated to deliver your vote to its proper place in the plan of God.

Your vote can be like a Word to enlighten others who are listening.

Your vote can be like an outstretched hand extended to those who need to be lifted up.

Your vote can be like a bandage which can be applied to those most bloodied.

Your prayerful vote is important. Send forth your prayers – ten thousand strong if you will – to deliver your one vote to society’s heart.

Today your Vote is Unborn – nurture it with prayer, deliver it on Election Day with conviction! Vote for the highest common good. Vote for a Culture of Life!

November 1, 2008, 12:19 pm
Filed under: Unborn Jesus

Sanctuary of Pregnant Virgin Mary in Gdansk-Matemblewo, Poland

“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!” Ps 96:1

Ultimately, the Word of God, Jesus Christ, is the Church’s ever-new and ever-discovered Song! Through Him, with Him and in Him, this Song of the Church resounds, pulses and echoes.

But it has pleased God, in different ages and varied dominions throughout salvation history, to inspire New Christian Songs, that is Christian Devotions, like variations complimenting the constant theme of Jesus Christ. Take the rosary for example, which had its origins in the late middle ages, or devotions like the Stations of the Cross,  Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lourdes, Fatima, and the Divine Mercy, to name a few.

With each new devotion “Song”, we “Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations…” (Ps 96:2-3). Devotions help build up the Church and extend the proclamation of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.

Many pro – life Catholics believe that a new devotion is just beginning to spread throughout Christendom; devotion to the Unborn Christ Child! We know intuitively why this devotion is needed at this particular time in human history. When Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus fled the Bethlehem region for fear of Herod, the Holy Innocents were slaughtered in place of Jesus:

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; Because they were no more.” Mt 2:18

Today this “wailing and loud lamentation” is heard worldwide. Almost all  nations have opened wide their arms to legalized abortion, to the Trojan horse of “choice”, which has brought unparalleled sadness to the world and the trampling of respect for human life in its vulnerable unborn/preborn state.

But God wants to turn our weeping into singing, our sadness into devotion. UNBORN JESUS beckons us: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden…for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:28-29).

Papal altar in Gdansk Matemblewo can be found close to Our Pregnant Lady Sanctuary (the only such sanctuary all over the world). By this altar, Pope John Paul II celebrated the Holy Mass in Sopot, on 5th June 1999 during his 7th pilgrimage to Poland.