UNBORN WORD of the day


PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Visitation: A Three Month Retreat – Day 12
December 8, 2011, 7:34 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

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

FOURTH STATION

…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

A MORNING OFFERING

O My Jesus, the Season of Advent is a special time of preparation. Help me to prepare for Your birth today as Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah and John prepared for Your birth. May I salute You often today with the joy of John the Baptist, may I recognize Your hidden presence as Elizabeth recognized Your presence, may I sing joyfully to You as Mary sang to You and may I offer my sufferings to You in reparation for my sins as Zechariah did during his time of penance.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Visitation: A Three Month Retreat – Day 11
December 7, 2011, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Mother of the Lord, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Mary and Elisabeth Meet Zachariah
Lorenzo and Jacopo Salimbeni about 1416

FOURTH STATION

How can we fail to see that the hidden protagonist in the meeting between the young Mary and the by-then elderly Elizabeth is Jesus? Mary bears him in her womb as in a sacred tabernacle and offers him as the greatest gift to Zechariah, to Elizabeth, his wife, and also to the infant developing in her womb. BENEDICT XVI
 31 May 2006

Truly the great works of God, the great mysteries of God come to pass in hiddenness, in the house of Zechariah. The whole Church will constantly recall them and will repeat with Elizabeth: “Blessed is she who believed”, and, together with Mary, the Church will sing the Magnificat.  JOHN PAUL II   12 June 1999

A MORNING OFFERING

O My Jesus, show me how to follow your hidden example in the womb. You brought joy, love, light and reconciliation to Zechariah and Elizabeth’s house in the ordinary and unnoticed event of Mary’s visit. Help me as I go about my day today to find small hidden ways to bring you to others.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Visitation: A Three Month Retreat – Day 10
December 6, 2011, 9:18 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Visitation of Our Lady

FOURTH STATION

God provided for the needs of Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah and John during this three month visit. It was a time of prayer and meditation and religious reflection. They were all stronger afterwards and better prepared for the road ahead.

A MORNING OFFERING

Give me strength and courage to live my life well today Lord. I want to cooperate with other members of Your Mystical Body and do Your Will. Lord, remind me appropriately, to take three seconds to pray whenever I get a chance. Because I am so weak Lord, I ask You for times today for prayer and strengthening through Your Holy Spirit. I rely entirely upon You my God.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Exchange of Prophetic Greetings – Day 9
December 5, 2011, 10:36 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Aus dem Wonnentaler Graduale:
Jesus segnet Johannes

THIRD STATION

“It is not an accident, I think, that in the Scriptures the first person, after Mary, who adored Jesus when he came into the world was St. John the Baptist…The second person who ever worshipped Jesus after Mary was an unborn baby and I think God made it that way to tell us in our day and age the worth and importance of every individual right from the very beginning of life.”  Bishop Vaughan  “The Catholic Duty to be Pro-Life”

A MORNING OFFERING

O My Jesus, I offer you my day! Help me to listen to those around me and to greet them with love and respect. Help me to learn and pass on the lesson of the Visitation that each person no matter how insignificant they  might seem is important to You.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Exchange of Prophetic Greetings – Day 8
December 4, 2011, 10:58 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

STRUEB, Hans and/or Jakob
The Visitation c. 1505 Museo Thyssen – Spain

THIRD STATION

“John was “filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb” by Christ himself, whom the Virgin Mary had just conceived by the Holy Spirit. Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth thus became a visit from God to his people.” Catechism of the Catholic Church (717)

 A MORNING OFFERING
“O Jesus, I adore Thee in Thy temporal conception, and in Thy presence in the sacred womb of Thy most pure mother, for the space of nine months, and in Thy birth into this world at the end of that time….  I give myself to Thee, O my Dear Jesus, that I may now repeat the acts Thou didst perfect while dwelling from all eternity in the bosom of the Father, and for nine months in the womb of Thy mother. (St. John Eudes, The Life and the Kingdom of Jesus in Christian Souls)


PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Exchange of Prophetic Greetings – Day 7
December 3, 2011, 10:37 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Heimsuchung; Papiermaché; Schwaben um 1440
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München

THIRD STATION

When Mary met Elizabeth and the unborn Christ met the unborn prophet, there was Joy, Joy and more Joy! They praised God!

They enjoyed the Presence of the Lord and recounted the deeds of the Lord. They were optimistic about what God intended.

A MORNING OFFERING

Even though Your plans and Your deeds are often unseen or unnoticed, just like the unborn Christ was invisible to the human eye, yet God You are lovingly active. I believe Lord, help my unbelief. Help me to appreciate Your good works today and to be part of Your good plans for this day. Lord, please grant me the gift of Christian Joy each day.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Journey to the Hill Country of Judea – Day 6
December 3, 2011, 12:35 am
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Madonna del parto, Nardo di Cione, Florence, San Lorenzo: 1365

SECOND STATION

“The Word was in Mary’s womb. He inspired His Mother to visit Elizabeth; Mary carried to John his Master and King. John could not come, for his mother was too old to undertake that journey; Jesus Christ went to him. He did the same for us: we could not go to God; God came to us.

St. Peter Julian Eymard

A MORNING OFFERING

Oh Holy Spirit, please fill with with Your love today. Help me to listen to Your inspirations as Mary did when she was inspired to go and visit Elizabeth.  Show me how to bring the joy, love and presence of Jesus to those around me this Advent season. 



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Journey to the Hill Country of Judea – Day 5
December 1, 2011, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

SECOND STATION

In the Visitation episode, St Luke shows how the grace of the Incarnation, after filling Mary, brings salvation and joy to Elizabeth’s house. The Saviour of men, carried in his Mother’s womb, pours out the Holy Spirit, revealing himself from the very start of his coming into the world…. St Luke also seems to invite us to see Mary as the first “evangelist”, who spreads the “good news”, initiating the missionary journeys of her divine Son. Pope John Paul II, General Audience, , October 2, 1996

A MORNING OFFERING

O My Jesus, make me aware that everywhere I go today you are with me. Just as Mary went to visit Elizabeth to be of service. Help me to be of service to those around me. Mary brought You to John, Elizabeth and Zachariah, may I bring You to my family, neighbors, co-workers and everyone I meet today.