We find this line in the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Think of Mary, after she is visited by the Archangel Gabriel and she has conceived Christ the Lord within her womb…
“In those days Mary arose and went with haste, into the hill country, to a city of Judah…” Lk 1:39
“For you shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing…” Isaiah 55:12
All of Judah longed for the Messiah…When would he come?
How would he make his entrance in the hill country of Judea?
He was the long-awaited One, the people all desired to see his day!
Here comes a young woman, exuding peace to comfort her people,
How beautiful upon the mountains are her feet,
As she brings good tidings…
Good news of a great joy which will come to all the people…
The very hills of Judea desire her secret, which she carries beneath her heart,
She carries within her, in expectation, the One who Is…
THE DESIRE OF THE EVERLASTING HILLS!
But how will he be received?
Now Mary sees the house of Zechariah, she runs with excitement…
She enters the home and greets her cousin Elizabeth…
Elizabeth cries out:
“…when the voice of your greeting came to my ears,
the babe in my womb leaped for joy.”
HEART OF JESUS, DESIRE OF THE UNBORN CHILDREN,
HAVE MERCY ON US.
Filed under: Pro-life
On our last post ( February 15th) we cited a number of reasons for the Pro-life movement to have hope.
One new project mentioned was the Red Envelope Project. We got an email from a 30 year Catholic school teacher who receives our newsletter who thought that this would be an ideal project for schools. My immediate response was ‘what a great idea’. This is a perfect project not only for Catholic and Christian schools but also for Youth Groups and Confirmation programs.
I would urge those of you who know Catholic and Christian school teachers and Youth group coordinators to propose this project to them. Send them a link to the Red Envelope Project. Click here for the link.
In order for this endeavor to be successful we need to get lots of people to send 1, 10 and even more envelopes to the President.
This idea is catching on – here are some links.
One blog on family life called Parenting Freedom suggests this as a great family project.
Hawaii Right to Life and the Illinois Federation for Right to Life both spotlight the Red Envelope Project on their internet news sites. I know that Shield of Roses sent me an email alert about this project. If you run a Right to Life newsletter or e-alert you might consider mentioning this idea in it.
Many blogs like Holy Innocents Blog, Joyful Days, Jill Stanek, American Papist, the Brown Pelican Society of Louisiana, Confessions of a Catholic Mom, Overheard in the Sacristy, and Da Mihi Animas to name a few have highlighted this project.
The Red Envelope Project is trying to keep track of how many envelopes people have sent – click here to go to their site and let them know how many envelopes you have sent.
On their site they say that over 1 million 688 thousand envelopes have been sent so far.
It is better to Light One Candle than to Curse The Darkness
Here is a small list of good signs for the pro-life movement.
On December 30, 2008, the U.S. Bishops released a survey showing that most Americans support laws limiting or regulating abortion. Click here to see the survey.
A recent USA Today/Gallup poll shows that only 35 percent of those surveyed approve of the President’s controversial move ‘allowing funding to overseas family planning groups that provide abortions.’ Fifty-eight percent disapproved of this executive order. Click here to see this poll.
Missouri, Oklahoma Legislators File Resolutions Against FOCA Abortion Bill Click here to read about this.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a national postcard campaign urging Congress to maintain widely-supported pro-life policies and to oppose the federal funding and promotion of abortion. Launched on January 24-25, the campaign is being coordinated through the USCCB’s partner organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA). Click here to read more. Click here for instructions on how to get involved.
Many pro-life groups are fighting FOCA . One group that is leading the way is Americans United for Life (a really great group that has a great website for information on how to stand up for the unborn.)
Click here for the website.
This following article is a good short readable summary of FOCA ( The Freedom of Choice Act).
Another really creative idea circulating the internet is called the Red Envelope Project. They are calling on pro-lifers to send 50 million red envelopes to the White House. Each envelope representing a baby killed by abortion in this country. Click here to learn more.
There are tens of thousands of pro-life groups around the world. This is cause for hope. We are not alone when we stand up for the unborn.
But the answer is always sure to come.
Nor a breath of holy desire
Poured out in prayer to God
Will ever be lost.
And fall in showers of mercy on you
And on all those for whom you work and pray.
“To overcome the world we must become children. To become children we must fold our consciousness upon the Divine Infant who is the center of our being; who is our being itself; and all that we are must be absorbed in Him; whatever remains of self must be the cradle in which he lies.
This is the answer to Herod in all times, the answer of St. Teresa of Lisieux in our time: ‘the little way of Spiritual Childhood’, which is the oneing of the soul with God, in the passion of the Infant Christ.”
Caryll Houselander, The Passion of the Infant Christ, (1941).
Filed under: Pro-life, Quotes from Great Christians, The Incarnation, Unborn Jesus
Our Lady of Expectation
“Let it be it done to me according to Thy word” (Luke 1:38 )
St Bernadine calls these words “A flame of transforming love”.
Mother St. Paul said of these words:
“It was a transformation for the world. This word of Mary’s, by which she gave her consent to God’s plan of Redemption, changed the face of the whole world. It began a new era A.D. instead of B.C. It settled the moment of the arrival of the ” fullness of time ” (Gal. 4.:4) – of God’s time. As a result of it, God was already tabernacling among men. The leaven of the Gospel, which was to leaven the whole world, was already beginning to work. Mary s word produced a transformation in the world, and though it “knew Him not,” it was never the same world again.” Mother St. Paul, Mater Christi, 1918
Let us ponder the power and grace that flooded the world when Christ was conceived in Mary’s womb. At the one cell stage, Christ fundamentally changed the world.
Christ wanted to show humanity how special that one cell stage is by fundamentally changing the world at that beginning point of His Incarnate life.
He raised that moment in each person’s life to a dignity and beauty that we will never fully comprehend.
The Culture of Death, like darkness, tries to encroach upon this light, this new illuminated life to extinguish it.
Let us pray that our world will say the same transforming words for each newly conceived child that Mary said for Jesus.
“Let is be done to (us) according to Thy word.” (Luke 1:38 )