UNBORN WORD of the day

December 1, 2009, 11:32 pm
Filed under: Advent, Biblical Reflections, Unborn Jesus

Tis the Season of ‘The Gospel of Life’

The Annunciation… and then the angel left her

by Geraldine Farrell

My mother said ‘yes’ and the Holy Spirit overshadowed her – although I was miraculously conceived, I began life as one cell just like any other unborn baby. And then the angel Gabriel left her… she had become my mother.


The following reflections are from Cardinal Bérulle 1575-1629 (founder of the French School of Theology). Some of the most notable followers of the French School were St. Louis de Montfort, St. John Eudes, and  Father Jean-Jacques Olier.

“Stuttering rather than speaking, this is what we can say about things that so greatly surpass the human mind and even the angelic mind. These are the first thoughts of the incarnate Word. This is the first conversation of Jesus in the Virgin. This is the Virgin’s first contemplation, or better yet, this is the Virgin’s first ecstasy before the Son of God made Son of Man in her.”  p. 166

“The Virgin is involved with Jesus and she is the only one in the whole world involved with Jesus.  Thus she is the only one in the whole world adoring the mystery of the Incarnation, which was brought about on earth for the earth but unknown to the earth.  She is the only one adoring Jesus. The more that she is the only one captivated by such a great subject, the greater is her involvement. She is devoted to it with all her faculties. All her senses are brought to bear on it, for it is a tangible mystery and tangible within her. All her senses should pay homage to her God made tangible for human nature.  Her whole mind is concentrated on it. And the Spirit of Jesus, which enlivens this little divinized body, enlivens the spirit and body of the Virgin as well, through grace, love and a holy, gentle influence.p. 164

Bérulle and the French School: selected writings By Pierre de Bérulle,  edited by William M. Thompson

The following is a footnote by William M. Thompson

“The authors of the French School were so struck by the humiliation and sublime grandeur of Jesus living in Mary’s womb that they counted his time on earth from the moment of conception…Bérulle implies that Nazareth and not Bethlehem is where the “first birth” of Jesus occurs. It is fascinating to note that, although he intended to write about all of Jesus’ thirty-four years on earth, Bérulle’s Life of Jesus, through its thirty chapters, never moves beyond the nine months of gestation.” p. 187

Bérulle and the French School: selected writings By Pierre de Bérulle,  edited by William M. Thompson