Archive for June, 2013

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A priest from Iowa once said during a talk in Medjugorje, “It is a historical fact that Christ died two thousand years ago.  But if you think He is off that cross and no longer suffering, it is you who is ignoring the blood from the aborted babies that runs through the streets of America.”

 

There may be many crisis, threats on our freedom and lives, and even realized attacks on our freedom and lives, but none of these concerns change the fact that tomorrow the bodies of persons in the womb will be destroyed by abortion and many others will suffer these losses for a lifetime.  Jesus has not let any of these persons die alone.  Jesus entered the womb Himself, and it is true when He says, “Whatever you do to the least, you do to me.”  Love is not loved in the abortion centers.

When a spirit that will destroy the most innocent of us and harm so many women and men is unleashed on a country and protected by that country’s government, what can be considered safe from spoilage, harm of destruction?  Nothing.

 

We are each called to enflesh the Spirit of Christ with our bodies.  Many of us are called to bring Christ’s presence to the sidewalk outside abortion centers where we offer prayers and help to these persons of the womb, their parents, and the abortion providers.  .  The invitation is a standing invitation.  Come and meet the suffering Jesus.

The Perfect Parent? The perfect child?

Feast of St. John the Baptist

“He must increase; I must decrease,” John 3:30 was declared by John the Baptist during his final testimony before his incarceration and later beheading. Contained within these words is a clear expectation that the role of John the Baptist was to lessen while Jesus stepped forward to center stage. This is exactly what happened, especially so with his imprisonment and beheading. John the Baptist is recognized as the dividing line between the Old and New Testaments and here gives clear testimony to the fulfillment of the Old Law in Jesus Christ. He, like the Law, would recede and give way to the Spirit’s dominance.

It is also intriguing to note where the Evangelist John placed this statement of John the Baptist. Leading up to this statement of John the Baptist, the Evangelist records the Baptism of Jesus, the selection of His first Disciples, His attendance and miracle at the Wedding of Cana, the Cleansing of the Temple and the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus on the spiritual re-birth in Christ. In parallel, we are called to seek union with the Holy Spirit that we may conceive of Christ, be cleansed for growth, and be formed into Christ in order to birth or manifest Him in this world and birth ourselves into eternal life with Jesus.

Let’s not be afraid or neglectful in asking St. John the Baptist to intercede for our reception of the Preborn Christ who has the power to change our lives and teach us how to love another.

Pleae Note: I have had technical issues with the site for the past two days and have finally resolved them. This is why, not wanting to miss noting on of John the Baptist’s contribution to the Preborn Christ devotion, this was posted late

Touching Christ

Sympathy and compassion are each two different concepts, although as words, the two seem synonymous. Each has to do with understanding and the sharing of another’s feelings. The one expressing compassion is the one who breaks from the confines of emotions and places themselves in the circumstances of the one who suffers.

As Christ’s disciples who are being formed as Christ’s body, we are called to experience compassion with Jesus Christ and His body, the Church. As His body, we are to be more intimate with the sufferings of Christ than to have sympathy for Him. We are called and destined to share in His human suffering as we are called also to share in His Divine life. To do this, we certainly need a love for Jesus Christ, or Lord and head. But we are also called and destined to love humanity as Jesus loves humanity, enough o lay His reputation and life down for us.

The Blesser Virgin Mary understand this radical and dual love for Christ and humanity or one would ask how she had the ability to freely birth Her own Son giving Him over to His own creation so intent to turn on him as tormentors and killers of the innocent. Only in Chrit’s love for humanity could Mary do such a thing. St. Francis of Assisi recognized this radical calling of our dual love for Christ and all of humanity. This was probably best expressed by St. Francis in his prayer just before receiving the divine gift of the stigmata as written below:

Loving and suffering like Jesus

The day before Francis was imprinted with the marks of Christ’s passion, he turned towards the sun and prayed:

My Lord Jesus Christ,
two graces I beg of you
before I die:
the first is that in my lifetime
I may feel, in my soul and in my body,
as far as possible,
that sorrow which you, sweet Jesus,
endured in the hour
of your most bitter passion;
the second is that I may feel in my heart,
as far as possible,
that abundance of love with which you,
Son of God,
were inflamed, so as willingly to endure
so great a passion for us sinners.

(3rd Consideration on the Sacred Stigmata)

Making this prayer our prayer will help fortify each of us and the whole Body of Christ to stand up against the fury of distraction and intimidation that Christians face the world over.

Responding to the Call of Love

By Patrick A. O’Donnell

When I kneel in prayer,
I am without the use of my feet
as you, Jesus, suffered in the womb.
When I fold my hands in prayer,
I am without the use of my hands
as you, Jesus, suffered in the womb.
When I silently pray,
I am without the use of my voice
as you, Jesus, the very Word of God,
remained silent in the womb for nine months.
When I close my eyes to pray,
I am without the use of my sight
as you, Jesus, suffered in the womb.

When I kneel in prayer,
I am without the use of my feet
as you, Jesus, endured while nailed to the Cross.
When I fold my hands in prayer,
I am without the use of my hands
as you, Jesus, endured while nailed to the Cross.
When I silently pray,
I am without the use of my voice
while I hear you speak your consoling Last Words of
abandonment, forgiveness and love.
When I close my eyes to pray,
I am without the use of my sight
as you, Jesus, endured after you uttered, “It is finished,” and
gave up your ghost.

When I kneel in prayer,
I am surrendering my feet to you, Jesus,
in the Eucharist.
When I fold my hands in prayer,
I am surrendering the use of my hands to you, Jesus,
in the Eucharist.
When I silently pray,
I am surrendering the use of my voice to you, Jesus,
in the Eucharist.
When I close my eyes to pray,
I am surrendering the use of my sight to you, Jesus,
in the Eucharist.

Jesus, my body becomes
your tabernacle.
Jesus, my body becomes
your monstrance.
Jesus, my body becomes your body,
purchased at the price of your blood,
and becomes “another Christ”.

© 2011 Patrick A. O’Donnell

A Simple Tribute and Appeal to Christ in the Womb

In Genesis 1:27 of the Bible, it is written that Man is made in God’s own image and likeness. In response to Man’s Fall, Jesus is sent by the Father in the likeness of sinful flesh and the sake of sin, He condemned sin the flesh. Romans 8:3. Philippians 2:7 states it slightly different with reference to Jesus took the form a slave, He came in human estate. However it is expressed, to save Man, God assumed human flesh with all of its vulnerabilities beginning as a single cell within the womb of a woman. The condescension that God accepted from the beginning of His life in the womb to the hanging on a cross as a curse condemned, the unconditional love God showed to gain our love beckons our response. Honoring God’s love can be as simple as offering a simple prayer known as the Angelus. In this prayer, partly composed by the Archangel St. Gabriel and Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, we also acknowledge and repeat for all Mankind Mary’s, “Yes” to God.

If you have not yet, please consider honoring the Preborn Christ and His mother by joining the Church in the offering of the Angelus once each morning, noon, and evening. A copy of this beautiful prayer is included below.

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary . . .

And the Word was made Flesh:
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
Amen.
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“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28)
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb”
(Lk 1:42).

The Seed of the Devotion to the Preborn Christ

The devotion to the Preborn Christ did not begin with St. John the Baptist leaping in the womb of his mother, Elizabeth, when Jesus came near during the Visitation. And it began before St. Gabriel offered his words of praise expressed within his message to Mary asking her to accept and bear Jesus as her Saviour and Son.

The Preborn Christ devotion begins with Genesis 3 when, in order to remedy the Fall of Man, God promised to send a redeemer with these words, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15 RSV

With these words, God revealed Our Saviour and referred to Him as ‘her seed’. It may have been unclear then as to how this Redeemer would come, but the use of the word ‘seed’ is a clear allusion to not only His sonship, but also of the pathway of the womb. In this passage, we have been told by God that the Redeemer will come through the womb, unlike Adam and Eve’s appearance on earth. Far clearer in hindsight for those who know of Jesus Christ’s Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity; it wasn’t clear at all to those of the Old Testament until God told the prophet, Isaiah, that a virgin birth was the sign He is sending. Therefore, the Lord himself was giving us the sign and the promise from Genesis 3 was to be fulfilled. “Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Contraceptives: Cancer-Causing Agents

Contraceptives that use the combined steroidal hormones of Estrogen and Progestin cause cancer in humans and the World Health Organization lists them as Group One Carcinogens that causing cancer in humans. These contraceptives that cause cancer in humans include:

• Oral Contraceptives (The Pill);

• Depo-Provera (The Shot);

• Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing);

• The Patch;

• Injectables  (Implanon, Norplant); and

• IUD  (LNg).

 

The International Agency for Research on Cancer is a research arm of the World Health Organization with its primary purpose is to identify causes of cancer. The International Agency for Research on cancer has listed the Combined Hormone Contraceptives listed above as Group One Carcinogenic. Group One is carcinogenic to humans whereas the next group, Group 2a, is probably carcinogenic to humans.

 

The cancer scare is often difficult to understand with so many agents of concern and conflicting studies on the measure of danger.

 

In the case, there is no doubt among the top doctors in the world, that these Contraceptives with Combined Hormones do cause cancer in humans and are dangerous.

 

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IARC_Group_1_carcinogens and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Agency_for_Research_on_Cancer