UNBORN WORD of the day


(The following column by Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez appeared in the Friday, Oct. 7, issue of the archdiocesan newspaper The Tidings)

Blessed John Paul II said that as Christians we are called to be people of life and for life.

Our religion, in a beautiful and mysterious way, is deeply identified with human life. What other world religion remembers the time when its founder was in his mother’s womb?

Yet in our sacred Scriptures, we preserve the story of Jesus’ conception, his birth, and even some events from his early childhood. We retell these stories in our worship, year after year — at Christmas time, in feasts like the Annunciation. We remember the name of Jesus’ mother in our confession of faith, when we say Jesus was “born of the Virgin Mary.”

Biblical religion is a religion in which family and children, and the promise of children, plays a big role.

Think of the stories of Abraham and Sarah and God’s promise to give them a son. Think of God’s words to the prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”

Again and again in the salvation history we read in the Bible, God’s plan is enacted through a woman who is with child. “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son …”

God loved us so much that he entered into this world as each one of us did — through the womb of a mother.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to love the Gospel story of the Visitation. She always pointed to this detail — how St. John the Baptist leapt in St. Elizabeth’s womb when Mary walked into the room.

She said: “Something very beautiful, something very wonderful happened. The first human being to recognize the presence of Jesus was the little one in the womb of his mother — who leaped with joy. It is so beautiful to think that God gave that little unborn child the greatness of proclaiming the presence of Jesus on earth.”

Click here to read the rest of his statement.

Bishop Austin Vaughn
June 25, 2011, 11:13 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Unborn Jesus

June 25  is the memorial of the death of a truly inspirational man, Bishop Austin Vaughan. My husband and I were inspired by Bishop Vaughan’s witness as a Bishop and as a pro-life leader. To learn more about Bishop Vaughan click here.

Bishop Austin Vaughan (1927-2000), Auxiliary Bishop of New York, who was arrested many times for peacefully praying and protesting in front of abortion facilities, wrote an article called  “The Catholic Duty to be Pro-Life” in which he reflected:

“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.”

Visitation by Bradi Barth

Unborn Word of the Day has received permission to post  Visitation by Bradi Barth* copyright “BRADI BARTH” and “@HERBRONNEN vzw {www.bradi-barth.org)  Click on painting for full view.

“…God loved the world so much that he gave his son – it was a giving – it is as much as if to say it hurt God to give, because he loved the world so much that he gave his son, and he gave him to Virgin Mary, and what did she do with him?

As soon as he came in her life – immediately she went in haste to give that good news, and as she came into the house of her cousin, the child – the unborn child – the child in the womb of Elizabeth, leapt with joy. He was that little unborn child…was the first messenger of peace. He recognized the Prince of Peace, he recognized that Christ has come to bring the good news for you and for me.”

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Nobel Peace Prize Lecture, December 1979


*We would encourage our readers to visit the Bradi Barth’s website: Bradi-Barth.org Bradi Barth (1922-2007) was an amazing Catholic artist. She was born in Switzerland but lived most of her life in Belgium. Her art is rich in tradition, amazingly unique and awe-inspiring.

In October 2000 Bradi Barth started her foundation “HERBRONNEN vzw”, fixing clearly its mission and goals:

  • Evangelization in the largest sense – Support for the missions – In Union with the Pope of Rome –  In Union with Christ – Under the protection of the Holy Virgin Mary

July 5, 2010, 12:22 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

One of the greatest Pro – Life figures of the twentieth century – in fact, perhaps the greatest – was Dr. Jerome Lejeune, a Paris geneticist who discovered the cause of Down’s Syndrome and who worked tirelessly for its cure, and who traversed the globe repeatedly to speak on behalf of unborn children.

There is now in France a Jerome Lejeune Foundation, and its President, Jean-Marie Mene once said the following about Lejeune:

Lejeune wasn’t afraid of mystery, he saw the promise it contains and tasted its sweetness. His faith and hope were the foundation that sustained him and he accepted the mystery with a smile on his face. The mystery made him stronger and brought him peace, because the truth he was looking for was just another name for beauty and love. It wasn’t an attack but an invitation to go beyond the tangible world in steadfast confidence that comes from the light we pray for….He knew that he lived in an order miraculously established by love and not in a world of tyranny of sheer chance…”

His was a science for Good, for him human DNA was a sign of a tremendous dignity buried within the heart of every human person, that is, the dignity of beings created in the likeness and image of God. When he approached his research, it was with respect for persons and Creation generally, and with serious purpose. Jean-Marie Mene recalls that Lejeune would say that: “medicine was his true vocation and that he became a scientist simply out of necessity”.

Too many scientists today have the wrong view of human life, seeing it as a thing to be manipulated rather than a sacred mystery to be respected and served. Lejeune stands out as a reminder that human life is a gift and mystery. Every person needs to discover both their own dignity and the sacredness of all human life, and live in such a way as to honor both. When scientists neglect these simple truths about human life they exercise Bad science, a science that manipulates rather than serves.

There should be a higher purpose to scientific inquiry, but to get to that higher purpose we need faith and grace. May God bless our world with holy scientists; scientists who fear God but aren’t “afraid of mystery”.

Archbishop Gomez and the life issues
April 8, 2010, 12:13 am
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

“May Mary, Patroness of the United States, help us to heal from our differences and build a nation where the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are a reality for all men and women, especially the unborn.”  Archbishop Jose Gomez,  Nov. 2008.

Archbishop Jose Gomez has been named as the new Archbishop of Los Angeles. There are many reasons to rejoice in his appointment – pro-lifer’s can rejoice that our new shepherd has a heart for the unborn and the life issues of our time.

Here are links to some of his respect life columns, sermons and writings.

Homily Respect Life Mass January 20,  2007

Some Reflections on End of Life Issues October 8, 2008

In Response to House Speaker Pelosi’s Remarks Concerning Abortion  August 24, 2008

Truth, Freedom and Abortion October 10, 2008

Voters must know stances on ‘life’ issues October 29, 2008

Archbishop Gomez: Life Issues Not simply ‘Religious’  October 30, 2008

The Dignity of a Person: hopes and challenges January 16, 2009

Official Statement: Health Care Reform, in order to be just, must respect all life July 22, 2009

Bioethics, Health Care, and Catholic Teaching  September 25, 2009

Catholic Church supports morally sound scientific research

A will to live: Clear Answers on End of Life Issues (68 page booklet)
Most Reverend Jose Gomez

Rachel Campos-Duffy – an outstanding pro-life witness
October 13, 2009, 8:01 pm
Filed under: Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life

Rachel Campos-Duffy

Rachel Campos-Duffy is an author, blogger and television personality. Click here to see her website. The other day she was on  The View – you know the morning show with  Whoppi Goldberg,  Joy Behar,  Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters. She was a guest host  for the day replacing Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

During a discussion about President Obama’s receiving the Nobel Peace Prize she said,

“When I think of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, I think of the quintessential winner, I think of Mother Theresa. And Mother Theresa said we wouldn’t have peace until we ended abortion. I think personally for me, that its  Obama’s radical abortion position that makes him the least qualified…”

Great witness to the world, Rachal Campos-Duffy. We need more woman like you who are not afraid to speak the truth.

July 12, 2009, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Inspirational Pro-life leaders, Pro-life


The first reading in Sunday’s Catholic Mass (7-12-09) was from the 7th chapter of Amos. It recounts a well known confrontation between Amos and the established priesthood in 8th century Israel. Amos is the outsider who God sends to the powerful to shake them up and set them straight, but the powerful elite reject humble Amos, and rejecting him, they consequently are rejecting God also.

The priest of Bethel, Amaziah, who is close to King Jeroboam, tells Amos that he is not welcome. Amos responds by emphatically stressing the point that he is no “professional” prophet, not a member of some elite class of religious functionaries, rather he was recruited for this job by God Himself: “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel…”

Today, around the world there are hundreds of thousands of Pro Life prophets who God has inspired to help pregnant women, help the unborn in various ways, to speak out for a Culture of Life. These men and women can say to the “Elite” politicians, journalists, doctors, judges, lawyers, professors, social engineers and social workers, as Amos did; “I am no professional pundit… I am no establishment-paid prophet, I am a housewife, a repairman, a salesman, a clerk, and the Lord took me and said to me ‘Go, bear witness to the Gospel of Life which I have given to the people as a gift to guide them in their lives and in their families.’”

The prophetic office is associated with witnessing to the truth revealed by God to His Church, but also to witnessing to the truth about human life. The Pro Life movement worldwide is thus a prophetic movement inspired by God. While we do not find our bearings through polls, yet Pro Life prophets can find some small consolation in the fact that the majority of Americans in a Gallup Poll (51%) “now call themselves pro-life rather than pro-choice on the issue of abortion”. Gallup has asked this question annually for the past 15 years and this is the first year a majority have answered this way – up from 44% last year! (Associated Press, 5/16/09)