UNBORN WORD of the day


Behold the Woman: Truth-Love-Life Harmonized
August 28, 2007, 10:34 pm
Filed under: Papal Quotes

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She is a garden enclosed, my sister, my promised bride;
a garden enclosed, a sealed fountain.
Song of Songs,
4:12

Here’s an interesting excerpt from Pope Benedict’s new book Jesus of Nazareth. We want to thank PhatCatholic for sending this to us. Following the excerpt I will make an observation.

“The mystery of God’s love is expressed with particular power in the Hebrew word rahamim. Etymologically, this word means “womb,” but it was later used to mean divine compassion for man, God’s mercy. The Old Testament constantly uses the names of organs of the human body to describe basic human attitudes or inner dispositions of God, just as today we use heart or brain when referring to some aspect of our own existence. In this way the Old Testament portrays the basic attitudes of our existence, not with abstract concepts, but in the image language of the body. The womb is the most concrete expression for the intimate interrelatedness of two lives and of loving concern for the dependent, helpless creature whose whole being, body and soul, nestles in the mother’s womb. The image language of the body furnishes us, then, with a deeper understanding of God’s dispositions toward man than any conceptual language could.”

We are shown here the connection between the power of Love and the mystery of Life, between the “womb-like” Heart of God and the “heart-like” womb of Mary (and every mother). In fact, part of the beauty of this intimacy which the Pope is mentioning is that the Heart should be understood as a Life-giving spiritual core of the human person while the womb should be understood as a nurturing sanctuary of embracing Love.

Of course, only the Woman has a womb. If we reflect on ‘the Woman’, that is, the noble woman who dedicates her brain to Truth, her heart to Love and her womb to Life, then ‘the Woman’ bears witness to a hidden spiritual triune mystery: Love-Life-Truth harmonized in her person.



Une Fois Encore (0nce again) – on the Separation of Church and state
August 20, 2007, 10:36 pm
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One hundred years ago St. Pius X, whose feastday it is today, was well aware of the struggle between the Christian and the State and wrote about it in an aptly named encyclical letter entitled Une Fois Encore (Once again). Today his words could be applied to our own struggle between those who want to excise God from state and culture and those who know that God is the author of all that exists. (The Culture of Life vs. The Culture of Death).

“Recourse to God, so infinitely good, is all the more necessary because, far from abating, the struggle grows fiercer and expands unceasingly. It is no longer only the Christian faith that they would uproot at all costs from the hearts of the people; it is any belief which lifting man above the horizon of this world would supernaturally bring back his wearied eyes to heaven. Illusion on the subject is no longer possible. War has been declared against everything supernatural, because behind the supernatural stands God, and because it is God that they want to tear out of the mind and heart of man.

The war will be bitter and without respite on the part of those who wage it. That as it goes on, harder trials than those which you have hitherto known await you is possible and even probable. Common prudence calls on each of you to prepare for them. And this you will do simply, valiantly, and full of confidence, sure that however fiercely the fight may rage, victory will in the end remain in your hands.” Points 4 and 5

St. Pius X, Une Fois Encore, Encyclical letter on the Separation of Church and State in France, January 6, 1907



From Conception He embraced us with His redeeming love.
June 28, 2007, 9:28 pm
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Look at the love of Jesus Christ – according to Pope Pius XII, He was loving us even at the first moment of His conception:

“But the knowledge and love of our Divine Redeemer, of which we were the object from the first moment of His Incarnation, exceed all that the human intellect can hope to grasp. For hardly was He conceived in the womb of the Mother of God, when He began to enjoy the beatific vision, and in that vision all the members of His Mystical Body were continually and unceasingly present to Him, and He embraced them with His redeeming love.”

Pope Pius XII
Mystici Corporis, The Mystical Body Of Christ And Our Union In It With Christ #75 June 29, 1943

When one sees this large crowd from the March for Life, one can almost picture Christ embracing them with His redeeming Love. Contrast the love that filled Christ’s heart when He was first conceived to the indifference of the world that wants to destroy newly conceived human beings soon after their conception for convenience and “research”. He embraced us with His redeeming Love, let us embrace these little ones with our love and commitment.