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.
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