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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.

Who is the Preborn Christ?

Third in a Three-Part Series

Any one of us who are Baptized may find it difficult to believe that we are truly adopted by God the Father as his children. It is reasonable to ask for proof of this dimension of Baptism. This proof that one reasonably asks for is cited in Scripture as available to each of us. “As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child.” Gal 4:6-7

How do we ourselves hear our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”?  The process is much the same for each of us, silence, prayer, listening, and waiting. Find a quiet place to sit, maybe in church. While in this quiet place, wait while listening for God. Ponder the Scripture that calls us to, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 Each of us is capable of hearing Him if we are willing to set so much in our life aside for say thirty minutes a day. While sitting, wait and listen. Offer to God the prayer, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 Ponder this scripture and what it means that God is willing and wants to speak to each of us. God wants to hear us speak to him. God wants a relationship with each of us. God is truly present and close to each of us.
One final point for this writing, we must be ready to hear what He has to say to us, even if it is something we may not want to hear. We are to take counsel and courage in our Baptismal adoption by God as his children, his beloved sons and daughters. We are to, in the words of Christ Himself, “Be not afraid.” Luke 2:10 and 12:4.  Truly realizing the fullness of our adoption will give us the courage to do as he asks, to share in Christ’s life.

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Here we begin to meditate, explore, develop, and promote a devotion to the Preborn Christ. It is truly right and just to give honor and glory and praise to Jesus Christ in the womb of His Blessed Mother Mary. This devotion in the honor of the Preborn Christ is a call to deepen our intimacy with our Saviour enabling us to grow, as His children, in His wisdom, grace, understanding, and right reason. Additionally, by honoring Jesus Christ in the womb, we learn more about Him – He, who is “the way, and the truth, and the life,” He, who humbled Himself to be born of the Virgin Mary and became man. He did His Father’s will and became one of us, in every way but sin, to teach us by personal example about His, the one and only, way. We come His chosen way, via the womb, into the world. During our earthly journey, we allow Him, to mold us as His spiritual children, and to lead us, out of this world, via natural death, to our eternal home.

With love and knowledge of Jesus Christ incarnate from the moment of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s fiat “YES” to God, we can, with God’s grace, become holy, like Our Heavenly Father, expounding upon the Truth and allowing Him to nurture us, just as He was nurtured in the womb of His Mother. As His growing spiritual children with a deepening of love and prayer, may we serve God willingly,with the heart of a child, in His honor and with love and service of our neighbor.

There will be prayer, study, and sharing of individual community actions done in union with and in service to the Preborn Christ. Sources, beyond prayer and experience, will include:

the teachings and Traditions of the Catholic Church,
Holy Scripture,
writings of the Early Church Fathers and Saints of the Church, and
turning to other fields of study such as embryology, psychology and even art for examples.

Please be sure to visit our website www.prebornChrist.com and know that we pray for all who visit here.

Please feel free to share with a family member or friend so that devotion to Preborn Christ may be made well-known and loved throughout the world! God bless you!