UNBORN WORD of the day


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

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*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


The Pro-life call to patience

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Here are three insightful quotes about patience.

“Defending the dignity of the human person requires detachment from immediate results. We’re in this for the long term.… We have no right to despair and we have no reason to despair. Rev. Richard John Neuhaus

From an article by Colleen Carroll Campbell: A Lgacy of Connection and Common Ground in a Fragmented World

One of my favorite quotes from Mother St. Paul’s book Ortus Christi is about patience.

“Patience is a twofold grace, that of waiting and that of suffering, both are a great aid to zeal. The Eternal Word’s zeal for the salvation of men had existed in all its perfection and all its fullness from all eternity, yet think how long He waited! When the conditions were changed and He had at length become incarnate, He still waited patiently for nine months, and after that He waited for thirty years! This was zeal, zeal in its perfection. Is my zeal tempered with patience?”

Here is a interesting and encouraging quote about patience and perseverance from John Quincy Adams.

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)



UNBORN CHRIST ON COLLISION COURSE WITH CULTURE OF DEATH
March 29, 2009, 8:59 pm
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae, Thriving Not Just Surviving!, Unborn Jesus

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Simeon Holding the Christ Child

When the baby Jesus was still a newborn Mary and Joseph presented Him to the Lord according to Jewish custom. As they left the Temple they met a holy man named Simeon (Lk 2:25-35). He prayed to God and made a prophecy about the baby Jesus. In part, he said: “…this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against…” Other translations say “as a sign of contradiction” or a sign that will be “opposed”.

Yes Christ is “A Sign”. First He is a Person! A Divine Person! But He is also “A Sign of Contradiction”. Likewise – thanks be to God – The Unborn Christ Child is a Sign of Contradiction!

We learn from a Prophetic Sign! And if we study the life of Unborn Jesus we have lots of uplifting, beautiful, edifying and hopeful lessons to learn there!

But there is also this: Unborn Jesus is a sign of contradiction to the culture of death that is encroaching day-by-day into our culture and society. Thanks be to God, Unborn Jesus is at the spiritual heart of the Culture of Life that the Church is committed to.

Here are two examples: “…as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” (Mt 18:5). Mother Teresa of Calcutta, John Paul II and Benedict XVI have all commented on these words of Jesus in relation to unborn children. When your local abortion facility aborts a baby, it is aborting Christ. And when your local Pregnancy Counseling Center helps a pregnant woman carry her child to term, they are also helping Christ be born in Bethlehem!

There is an intersection between time and eternity, earth and heaven, the worldly powers and the Kingdom of God, the physical life and the spiritual realm, evil and Good, death and Life – and the newly conceived Christ Child at the one cell stage is at that very point of intersection! So is Christ Crucified & the Resurrected Christ! When Life meets death Christ is there! When adults kill babies Christ is there (with the babies)!

Thanks be to God, the Unborn Christ is Victor when He collides with this pathetic culture of death. We as Christians must be united with Him, in solidarity with all unborn children. To quote George Weigel, we must be busy about building “a culture-forming counterculture”. Two of its distinguishing marks will be: it is Christ-centered and Life-affirming!

To quote John Paul II: “…we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life’. We find ourselves not only ‘faced with’ but necessarily ‘in the midst of’ this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro – life.” (Evangelium Vitae #28).



Everyone has the duty to do the impossible…to bring the world back to Christ

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Toronto, Toronto by William Kurelek

“The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.

Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations XX, Concern for the Church, “The Spirituality of the Church of the Future”, translated Edward Quinn (New York: Crossroad, 1981), p. 149.

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“I have often had occasion to remember a saying of Pope Pius XI that was a favorite of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement.  “Let us thank God that he makes us live among the present problems; it is no longer permitted to anyone to be mediocre.” Catholicism’s Bright Future Seven Signs in America That the End Is Nowhere Near By George Weigel

After some research I was able to find this quote in the context of part of the larger statement Pius XI made:

Pius XI was even more insistent that the layman fulfill his function in the Church. He wrote: “It is absolutely necessary that in this our age all should be apostles: it is absolutely necessary that the laity should not sit idly by. . . . The crisis we are experiencing is unique in history. It is a new world that must burst out of a crucible in which so many different energies are boiling. Let us thank God that He makes us live among the present problems. It is no longer permitted to anyone to be mediocre. Everyone has the imperative duty to remember that he has a mission to fulfill, that of doing the impossible, each within the limits of his activity, to bring the world back to Christ.Program of Action (Grailville, Loveland, Ohio, 1946)




New Signs of hope Feb 2009
February 14, 2009, 12:11 pm
Filed under: Pro-life, Thriving Not Just Surviving!

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It is better to Light One Candle than to Curse The Darkness

Here is a small list of good signs for the pro-life movement.

On December 30, 2008, the U.S. Bishops released a survey showing that most Americans support laws limiting or regulating abortion. Click here to see the survey.

A  recent USA Today/Gallup poll shows that only 35 percent of those surveyed approve of the President’s controversial move ‘allowing funding to overseas family planning groups that provide abortions.’ Fifty-eight percent disapproved of this executive order. Click here to see this poll.

Missouri, Oklahoma Legislators File Resolutions Against FOCA Abortion Bill Click here to read about this.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a national postcard campaign urging Congress to maintain widely-supported pro-life policies and to oppose the federal funding and promotion of abortion. Launched on January 24-25, the campaign is being coordinated through the USCCB’s partner organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA).  Click here to read more. Click here for instructions on  how to get involved.

Many  pro-life groups are fighting FOCA . One group that is leading the way is Americans United for Life (a really great group  that has a great website for information on how to stand up for the unborn.)

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Click here for the website.

This following article is a good short readable summary of FOCA ( The Freedom of Choice Act).

A Radical Attempt to Prematurely End Debate Over Abortion by Denise M. Burke

Click here to sign AUL’s fight FOCA petition.  For other action alerts from AUL click here.

Another really creative idea circulating the internet  is called the Red Envelope Project. They are calling on pro-lifers to send 50 million red envelopes to the White House. Each envelope representing a baby killed by abortion in this country. Click here to learn more.

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There are tens of  thousands of pro-life groups around the world. This is cause for hope. We are not alone when we stand up for the unborn.

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Priests for Life has a great resource list of Pro-life groups around the world (including the U.S.).  Click here to go to their  Links To International Pro-Life Community page.



Prop 8 passage: Another ray of light ‘midst the dark night of our political landscape
November 7, 2008, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Thriving Not Just Surviving!

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Proposition 8 states that “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.”

This election has taught me a powerful lesson. I live in California and I know first hand why Proposition 8 passed in one of the most liberal states in the union. How did they get this to pass in a state that is overwhelmingly liberal? Great organization, good ground game and hard work. The people at ProtectMarriage.com were ahead of the game. I had received a packet to collect signatures to put this proposition on the ballot a few weeks before the Supreme Court overturned marriage in California.

These people saw this coming and they were prepared. They had been watching the court case and saw where it was going. Once it was on the ballot the Knights of Columbus and the Mormon Church got into the fray right away along with many Christian and Catholic churches. In my town, not only did my Catholic Church push ‘Yes on 8’ but we had signs for everyone to put in their yards. Also extra signs to put them back in their yards when they were torn down. (Which happened frequently.)

A lot of people got involved in a phone bank (myself included and believe me I went way out of my comfort zone to do this) and I wouldn’t be surprised if most people on the voter list in my area got a phone call about ‘Yes on 8’. As the election approached people in my town often stood in groups on the street corners waving ‘Yes on 8’ signs. And on the day before the election many street corners were manned by 25 or more people waving Yes on 8 signs. The ‘Yes on 8’ also had a bus tour which had rallies all through California. I attended one that was in a town close to my own. I don’t know what it was like in the rest of California but I suspect something similar happened elsewhere.

‘Yes on 8’ passed and it taught me a lesson too. Next Presidential election pro-life people have to be as organized as their opposition.  Also we have to be smarter, plan better and work harder to win for the unborn. The ‘Yes on 8’ were as organized as the Democrats were this year and they won. In fact, a Californian writing about 8 on one blog said  “I heard a Democrat politician note that Prop 8 won because of good ‘ol fashion, door-to-door type neighborhood campaigning.” The Prop 8 people have stated on their website that over 100,000 volunteers were involved with ‘Yes on 8’.

I have always been proud of the pro-life movement in the U.S. We have worked hard and kept this issue alive. That is why the opposition has always been so ferocious.  Now let us begin again and pray, fast, and work harder, smarter, and even better on helping Americans say ‘yes for the unborn’.



Watch your spiritual investments soar
October 10, 2008, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Pro-life, Thriving Not Just Surviving!

The Sermon on the Mount was lengthy – and for good reason – because the people needed a long sermon on the proper way to live. Actually, the sermon was intended just as much for us today as it was for those folks back in the day. It covered lots of topics – financial investment wasn’t one of them. But, do you remember this pithy piece of advice?

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Mt 6:24

The word “mammon” is slightly ambiguous in meaning. My Bible Dictionary notes its use in Rabbinical writings, the Talmud and in the New Testament. It seems to mean property and possessions (including of course money). Maybe a spirit of “Materialism”. But here, by comparing it in a sense to “God”, Jesus seems to be elevating its meaning to dizzying heights, such as those who might even be inclined to “worship” it as a false god.

So there we have it. If we look around at modern life we see Materialism falsely elevated, for many, higher than God Himself! But with Materialism comes a phony morality which we can safely term “Immorality”.

We might say that Mother Teresa of Calcutta predicted this stock market crash when she quietly stated the obvious. Paraphrasing: “Abortion has turned the world up side down.” Of course abortion is just one example of morality’s skeleton picked clean by the vultures of materialism and consumerism. Every area of modern life has been dragged down into a base immorality. All ten, of the once revered TEN COMMANDMENTS, have been abandoned by a vast number of modern people and many will even claim that the breaking of commandments are in fact virtuous acts. This is the moral world up side down, for sure.

BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS! Your investments in worshiping and obeying the One True God! Your investments in People. Your investments in true “old fashioned” morality! Your investments in living the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love! These are the investments that will truly endure!

These are the investments that will bring you peace and turn your world right side up!