UNBORN WORD of the day


PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Sent by God to Bethlehem – Day 22
December 18, 2011, 9:28 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Artist . Brother Claude Lane, O.S.B Title The Dream of Joseph Location Mt. Angel Abbey, Oregon On one side Joseph is pictured as a traveler, his feet still in movement, and carrying a knapsack. The Angel is pictured on the other side.

EIGHTH STATION

God willed and Caesar decided a census would be a good idea. The timing was the absolute worst according to a human analysis, but Mary and Joseph were completely at peace as they realized that it was now very possible that Jesus would be borne in Bethlehem or on the way there. They accepted God’s will. They welcomed God’s intervention in their lives.

A MORNING OFFERING

Lord, as I begin this day I ask for Your help in accepting sudden or unforeseen events and in responding to them. Give me Your outlook on life O God. Help me to have Your peace and Your patience O Lord as I go through my day. God help me with every difficulty and decision today and every day.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: The First Christian Family – Day 21
December 17, 2011, 8:17 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

The Expectant Madonna with Saint Joseph, 15th century French, National Gallery of Art, Samuel H. Kress Collection

SEVENTH STATION

“The house at Nazareth was in very deed God’s Sanctuary, containing the Altar of Repose, where the Savior of the world was resting. Angels were in constant adoration before their King. The faithful consisted of Mary and Joseph, whose thought and conversation could be about nothing else but the Child Who was coming into the world.

And who shall measure the graces and blessings, which that Child was showering upon Mary and her faithful spouse, during those months of waiting and prayer and holy converse,while they planned and arranged with such care and minuteness, as parents are wont to do, every detail connected with the birth of the firstborn?” Mother St. Paul, Ortus Christi

A MORNING OFFERING

O My Jesus, help me to be open to the graces and blessings you want to shower on me this Advent season! Help me today to think often about your coming birth and to show a true Christmas spirit to those around me.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: The First Christian Family – Day 20
December 16, 2011, 10:07 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Mary and Joseph carved by Jacques Bourgault

SEVENTH STATION

Here are 2 quotes form St. Thomas Aquinas about Christ’s  time in the womb.

“Mary and Joseph needed to be instructed concerning Christ’s birth before He was born, because it devolved on them to show reverence to the child conceived in the womb, and to serve Him even before He was born.”  Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Q. 36, Second Article, Reply to Obj. 2.

“But His first coming was unto the salvation of all, which is by faith that is of things not seen. And therefore it was fitting that His first coming should be hidden.” Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Q. 36, First Article, Reply to Obj. 3.

A MORNING OFFERING

O My Jesus, please instruct me on how to love my family, friends and those I meet today. Help me to see your hidden presence in those around me.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: The First Christian Family – Day 19
December 15, 2011, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

Mary Spinning with  Joseph before the Birth of Jesus,  Strasbourg, Musee de Notre-Dame I’Oeuvre, inv 1482

SEVENTH STATION

For almost six months prior to the birth of Jesus, He and his parents were a true family, in the full sense of that term. In this first Christian family we find a model for every family, in fact it is also a model for every group or community. All members of this family desired first the Will of God and secondly, what would be best for the “other” members of the family. Each member put himself or herself last.

A MORNING OFFERING

Lord I believe You will give me many opportunities today to help others and to put others first. Help me O God, to view each day as a series of opportunities to serve You my God as well as my neighbor. Show me Lord, a Divine view of the needs of my family members, friends and acquaintances and then help me to help. Grant me a good attitude Lord and the will to try.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Joseph’s Loving Obedience – Day 18
December 14, 2011, 10:56 pm
Filed under: Adoption, Advent, Incarnation, Pope Benedict XVI, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

St. Joseph Shadow of the Father

Painting by Fr. William McNichols

SIXTH STATION

“In these days of Advent, the liturgy invites us to contemplate in a special way the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, who lived with a unique intensity the time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus. Today, I want to direct our gaze toward the figure of St. Joseph… The one who gives the most importance to the adoptive father of Jesus is the Evangelist Matthew, emphasizing that thanks to him, the Child was legally introduced into the lineage of David fulfilling the Scriptures, in which the Messiah was prophesied as the ’son of David’.”   Pope Benedict, Angelus address, December 18, 2005

A MORNING OFFERING

O Heavenly Father, St. Joseph adopted Jesus when he was still an unborn baby. Jesus was adopted by a man so we could be adopted by You, Our God. Help me to love You today as a child loves his/her father. I want to offer my heart to You with childlike trust.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Joseph’s Loving Obedience – Day 17
December 13, 2011, 7:39 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

On this mosaic Joseph is depicted as taking the Virgin Mary to his home.
This is one of the world famous mosaic depictions of Chora museum.

SIXTH STATION

“In Joseph’s midnight angelic revelation John Paul II sees Joseph’s “personal Annunciation” and the moment of his “Divine election….His place in the history of salvation is defined.

When Joseph woke from sleep ‑ we read in Matthew ‑ he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him’ (Mt 1:24). In these few words there is everything. The whole description of Joseph’s life and the full characteristic of his holiness: ‘He did’. Joseph, the one we know from the Gospel, is a man of action.” Pope John Paul II, General Audience, March 19, 1980

A MORNING OFFERING

O My Jesus, I want to follow you but so often I fail. Help me today, to begin again! May I follow Joseph’s example and lovingly take up the responsibilities you have placed before me today. May I offer you not just my love today but also my actions.



PRAYING THE WAY OF THE INCARNATION: Joseph’s Loving Obedience – Day 16
December 12, 2011, 9:04 pm
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Prayer, Unborn Jesus

The Dream of St. Joseph (with unborn Christ Child) by Francisco Rizi (1608-1685)

 SIXTH STATION

Joseph, like everyone who tries to do what is right, had to wrestle with a tremendous problem. He prayed and fasted, he quietly considered, but because of the nature of the problem he did not consult others. God was his trustworthy guide and consultant. And God showed Joseph what must be done. Immediately Joseph did God’s Will.

A MORNING OFFERING

O Lord, I trust You in all things. Help me make tiny decisions through my day. And help me God my Savior with all my problems and larger decisions too. I believe You will help me as I try to do what is right and good. I realize that Your ways God are different and above human plans and ideas. Help me God to be open and sensitive to the inspirations of Your Holy Spirit.