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June 1, 2011
CARDINAL SARAH: "Undoubtedly, since the beginning of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI has considered this 'religious indifference' and 'silent apostasy' as the major challenge the Church has to take up today in her relations with the modern world. Therefore, he is more determined than ever to make our minds more aware and our faith more visible and more active, in order to show the world that the Church's mission is deeply rooted in faith in God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit."THEOLOGY FOR THE LAITY: Cafeteria Catholics EDITORIAL: I do believe in God, but… If I were presenting a talk show and a member of the audience begins to express an opinion on a known scientific or geographical fact, I would certainly stop him/her from continuing further. I would not accept someone saying "They say that the world is round but my opinion is that it is flat" or "We were taught that two and two are four but my opinion…" Similarly, I would also interrupt anyone who starts saying "I do believe in God, but…" because the proclamation "I believe" means I accept all the truths about God revealed to us, even though there may be some of these truths that I cannot understand fully (mysteries). "… in God" means the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the Almighty; Creator of heaven and earth; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Three Persons in one God; God the Father revealed to us through the prophets in the Holy Scriptures; the Son, Jesus Christ, who came on earth to redeem and save us; the same son who was born of the Virgin Mary, died for us on the cross and rose again from the dead; the
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Holy Spirit, who fills people with His seven gifts and turns weak, illiterate and humble men into courageous apostles full of divine wisdom.Our Lord Jesus Christ ordered the members of His Church to "go and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Those who believe and are baptised will be saved (heaven); those who do not believe will be condemned (hell). The sins of those you forgive on this earth will be forgiven in heaven; the sins of those you do not forgive on this earth will not be forgiven in heaven". So the statement "I believe" includes the acceptance of Christ's teachings and of the Catholic Church as the only authority to interpret these teachings. One day, when Jesus Christ was preaching, He said: "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven." Many disciples could not take this teaching and left Him. So Jesus turned to his apostles and said: "Do you also want to go?" And Peter replied: "To whom do you want us to go, Lord? You have the words of eternal life". Although the apostles could not understand what this statement meant, they had the patience to wait for the Last Supper, where Jesus Christ showed them the manner in which He was to become our spiritual sustenance and eternal salvation. There is no compromise in Christ's teachings. The same applies when Peter tried to interfere with the will of the eternal Father that Christ had to suffer and die on the cross. Here, Christ chides Peter for letting sentiment cloud his judgement. Peter is called Satan for tempting Jesus to stay away from Jerusalem and the crucifixion. In the same way, there cannot be any compromise with any of the articles in the Creed which we pronounce every Sunday during Holy Mass. So, if anyone says to me: "I believe in God but not in the Catholic Church or the virginity of Our Lady or Jesus Christ, etc," I will reply: "You may be sincere in your statement but I am afraid you are wrong. You either believe in a god other than the one outlined above or else you do not understand what the word 'believe' fully entails. If you wish to remain a committed Christian, you are invited to rediscover the richness of the Christian faith, some aspects of which you might have forgotten. If you truly believe in God, then you have to believe in heaven, hell, the Catholic Church, the virginity of Our Lady, Holy Communion, confession to a priest and, in short, all the other articles of the Creed." "I believe" is a package. One cannot pick and choose at random from this package (what some are now referring to as the supermarket syndrome), accepting what I like and discarding what does not tickle my fancy. One either accepts the whole package or none at all. "But am I not supposed to follow my conscience," some might rightly ask. Rather than expressing my ideas I would like to offer those of an expert in the field – Richard M. Gula – who, in his book Moral Discernment, states among other things: "If we are going to grow in our loving relationship with God and neighbour then we need to discern what is truly loving. Conscience is our capacity for making such discernment." We must not confuse conscience with the superego. The superego is like a recording in our heads reminding us of all that we should do in the process of growing up under the influence of authority figures. It commands us to act for the sake of gaining approval or out of fear of losing love. The wants of conscience look to personalised and internalised values or acquired virtues. Conscience responds to an invitation of love and is oriented towards the future – "the person one ought to become". In the depths of his conscience, man detects a law which he does not impose upon himself but which holds him to obedience. Man has in his heart a law written by God. In fact, conscience is the place where God speaks to us. However, the obligation to follow conscience presupposes that we have properly formed our conscience. This is a lifelong task and an ongoing process of conversion. We are often blinded by sin to recognise moral truth all by ourselves. So we have to consult the established sources of wisdom. For a Catholic, these sources include our own experience and those of others around us; the testimony of the sacred scriptures and our creeds; the moral instruction of the teaching office (magisterium) of the Pope and the bishops: this office carries a weight of truth for Catholics that no other teacher can rightfully claim; and the informed judgement of theologians who are in communion with the Church's magisterium. What we do ultimately shapes our character.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 28- "On holy and blessed prayer"
29. Do not say, after spending a long time at prayer, that nothing has been gained; for you have already gained something. And what higher good is there than to cling to the Lord and persevere in unceasing union with Him.
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Orlando Catholic Diocese Bishop John Noonan will hold a Mass to Avert the Storms on Wednesday, the first day of the hurricane season. The Mass will be held at 12:10 p.m., June 1, at St. James Cathedral, 215 North Orange Ave., Orlando.
The Mass will include prayers for the safety of the nation, Florida and neighbors during the hurricane system and that Central Florida be spared from the ravages of nature this year.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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• Assisted Suicide Support Drops to Lowest Level in 8 Years
• Senate Gets 100K Petitions Asking to Stop Tax-Funded Abortions
• Planned Parenthood Prez: Emulate Late-Term Abortionist George Tiller
• Model Kathy Ireland: De-Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
More Pro-Life News
• Congress Must Cut UNFPA Funds to Stop Forced Abortions
• Text Messages to Teen Inside Abortion Business Saves Baby
• Salon Writer Mikki Kendall Admits Embellishing Abortion Story
• Scotland Sees Abortions Drop After Rise Over Several Years
• Alabama House Panel Approves Bills Limiting Abortions
• Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Should Lose Funding
• New York Times Praises Catholic Pro-Abortion Democrat Hochul
• Russia s Orthodox Church, MPs Pushing Bill to Limit Abortions
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Assisted Suicide Support Drops to Lowest Level in 8 Years
Gallup released the results of its latest poll today evaluating the views of Americans on various controversial issues or decisions and whether Americans believe they are morally wrong or morally acceptable.
It found the percentage of people who say doctor-assisted suicide is morally acceptable has dropped to its lowest level in 8 years. Currently, 48 percent of Americans say doctor-assisted suicide is morally wrong while just 45 percent say it is morally okay. The views of Americans on the subject has bounced around slightly over the years with a majority of 51 percent in 2008 saying the practice is morally acceptable. The last time just 45 percent of Americans said it was all right was 2003.
Gallup found 51 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of independents and just 32 percent of Republicans who say they find assisted suicide morally acceptable. When looking at an age breakdown, the views of Americans are largely consistent with just 46 percent of those 18-34, 45 percent of those 35-54 and 43 percent of those 55 and older saying assisted suicide is morally okay.
Had Gallup used the term assisted suicide without including the word, doctor, support likely would have decreased further.
When examining the issue of abortion, Gallup found more firm opposition as 51 percent of Americans say abortion is morally unacceptable versus 39 percent who do not have moral qualms with the practice of destroying human life before birth. As is the case with assisted suicide, views on abortion have changed only slightly over the years, with no more than 43 percent of Americans saying abortion is morally okay (2006) and a low-water mark of 36 percent saying so in 2009. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/assisted-suicide-support-drops-to-lowest-level-in-8-years/
Senate Gets 100K Petitions Asking to Stop Tax-Funded Abortions
A national pro-life organization has sent more than 100,000 signed petitions to members of the Senate urging them to allow a vote on a bill that would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions across every department of the federal government.
Signaling that emotions still run high over taxpayer funding of abortions through ObamaCare and directing taxpayer monies to the nation s biggest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, Concerned Women for America delivered 101,000 petitions from its members to the U.S. Senate last week demanding action on the legislation.
This issue is long from resolved, and Americans are still fired up that their dollars are funding abortions, said Penny Nance, CEO of the conservative women s group.
It was the issue of abortion that very nearly felled ObamaCare, and it was only when a very small, but powerful group of so-called pro-life Democrats caved at the 11th hour that the massive legislation passed, continued Nance. The issue of taxpayer-funded abortion will most certainly be a concern in the upcoming presidential election. Americans don t want their money funding abortion.
Nance said polling data shows a large majority, over 60 percent, of Americans even those who identify themselves as pro-choice do not want their dollars funding abortion. She said that is evidenced by the fact that CWA obtained the signatures in a matter of weeks on the petition.
The petition read in part, As a pro-life American citizen, I am sickened over continued efforts by the abortion industry to use my tax-dollars to fund the destruction of innocent life. I urge you to use your political position to champion the plight of the unborn in our nation in the following ways: Support any and all legislative efforts to permanently prohibit taxpayer funding for abortion services in the U.S. and abroad. Support a federal ban on the funding of abortion and abortion related services both here and abroad. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/senate-gets-100k-petitions-asking-to-stop-tax-funded-abortions/
Planned Parenthood Prez: Emulate Late-Term Abortionist George Tiller
Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood abortion business president Cecile Richards delivered an address to the Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health award ceremony in New York City. There, she told pro-abortion doctors to be more like late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.
You represent our future and you honor the memories of Doctors George Tiller and William Rashbaum and you advance the cause to which they dedicated their lives, she said. No one knows that better than Jeanne and Rebecca Tiller. Having you both here tonight means so much to us all seeing you instantly reminds us of George his kindness, his courage, his wisdom.
George was a remarkable man, a remarkable doctor, Richards said, looking ahead to today, the anniversary of the shooting death that claimed his life. We have a credo at Planned Parenthood developed by the great Lynne Randall which is that we each must strive to be more like George. More determined. Braver. Kinder. Of course, you are all like George.
Although no one in the pro-life community including Operation Rescue president Troy Newman lent any support to the men who killed Tiller, urging pro-abortion doctors to emulate the late-term abortion practitioner would have them taking the lives of unborn children late in pregnancy, violating state abortion laws and killing and injuring women in botched abortions.
He s become St. George to the abortion movement now because he was martyred to their cause, Newman said in 2009.
Before his death, the state board that monitors doctors was close to revoking Tiller s medical license on allegations that he falsified the age of unborn children before the late-term abortions that took their lives. He allegedly did so to stay within the confines of state law. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/planned-parenthood-prez-emulate-late-term-abortionist-george-tiller/
Model Kathy Ireland: De-Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz
Add supermodel Kathy Ireland to the list of people wanting Congress to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business by cutting the millions of dollars it receives to promote its agenda.
I think Planned Parenthood needs to reassess and look at what their values are, what their mission is, what their goals are, and do they deserve government funding? For example, there are non-profits that I m involved with, and we don t get government funding, Ireland told FOX411 s Pop Tarts program. We go out there, and if you really believe in this strongly enough to fight it for it, go get the funding.
To force people who don t agree with some of the practices, I don t believe in that. I don t think tax payers need to fund something as controversial as [Planned Parenthood], she added.
Ireland is not new to holding steadfast pro-life views when it comes to abortion, but she fold the Fox program it has cost her friends in the entertainment industry.
I ve never set out to win a popularity contest. I came from [being previously pro-choice], but when I was confronted with the science and I spoke to top scientists throughout our country asking, Would you please just show me some shred of evidence that the unborn is not a human being? and no one has been able to show me any, and I will continue to fight for those human rights until someone can show me otherwise, she continued. So a lot of people get mad at me, but that s okay. I listen to criticism because sometimes there are things to learn, even if it s wrapped in a nasty package.
Ireland is also confronting the battles over life and death on the end of life spectrum, as she told the YWCA Greater Los Angeles in a speech recently as the organization honored her with the 2011 Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award at its Saluting Women Who Are Instruments of Change ceremony. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/model-kathy-ireland-de-fund-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz/
Congress Must Cut UNFPA Funds to Stop Forced Abortions
You are funding forced abortions in China. So am I. Not only elective abortions. Forced abortions. It doesn t matter whether you are pro-life or pro-choice on this issue. No one can support forced abortion, because it is not a choice.
What do I mean by forced abortions? Here s a short video about a young, Chinese woman who was dragged off the street, strapped to a table and forced to abort at seven months (www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjtuBcJUsjY). You can read many more accounts of forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide under China s brutal One Child Policy here.
According to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China report, released on October 10, 2010, violators of China s One Child Policy continue to be victims of forced sterilization, forced abortion, arbitrary detention, and other abuses.
The One Child Policy has also led to many other serious human rights violations. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/congress-must-cut-unfpa-funds-to-stop-forced-abortions/
Text Messages to Teen Inside Abortion Business Saves Baby
A teen mother, who was saved from a coerced abortion last October after a sidewalk counselor texted her while she was inside the clinic, has given birth to a beautiful, healthy boy named Manuel.
The little boy was born on May 10 weighing 7 pounds. The following week, his mother proudly graduated from high school.
Tara Shaver, a former intern for Operation Rescue, was sidewalk counseling outside Planned Parenthood in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when she received a call from a woman who told her that her grandson s girlfriend was being forced to get an abortion that she did not want. The woman told Tara that her grandson, the baby s father, also wanted to keep the baby. They were desperate, because the girl was only 17 and her mother was insisting on the abortion against the girl s will. The grandmother gave Tara the teen s cell phone number.
Tara began a text-message conversation with the teen, who we will call Jane, while she was inside the abortion clinic. Jane was six weeks pregnant and was interested in seeing an ultrasound of her baby, but still did not want to go through with the abortion. She told Tara that her mom would not allow her to leave the clinic.
Tara continued to encourage her and even texted Jane a photo of a pre-born baby at six weeks, the same age as her baby. Texting keep their conversation private where a phone call would have alerted the mother or the abortion clinic staff to Tara s efforts to help Jane. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/text-messages-to-teen-inside-abortion-business-saves-baby/
Salon Writer Mikki Kendall Admits Embellishing Abortion Story
On my blog last week I posted an excerpt from the Salon piece, Abortion saved my life. The writer, a blogger named Mikki Kendall, was relaying her first person account of supposedly nearly hemorrhaging to death because a hospital doctor refused to perform the one procedure that would save her life, an abortion. Here was the quote I pulled:
I don t know if his objections were religious or not; all I know is that when a bleeding woman was brought to him for treatment he refused to do the only thing that could stop the bleeding. Because he didn t do abortions. Ever.
The story headline and subtitle: Abortion saved my life: I almost died in an emergency room because the doctor on call refused to perform a necessary procedure. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/salon-writer-mikki-kendall-admits-embellishing-abortion-story/
Scotland Sees Abortions Drop After Rise Over Several Years
A new report from the health department in Scotland shows abortions are down after rising for a period of several years from 2002-2008. Last year 12,826 abortions were done on women and unborn children in Scotland, compared with 13,108 in 2009. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/scotland-sees-abortions-drop-after-rise-over-several-years/
Alabama House Panel Approves Bills Limiting Abortions
The Speaker of the state House in Alabama says that chamber of the state legislature will take up some of the several pro-life bills the state Senate has already approved. The rest will likely come up in the next legislative session. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/alabama-house-panel-approves-bills-limiting-abortions/
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Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Should Lose Funding
The Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee recently voted to direct state and some federal family planning funds to public health agencies and prohibit those agencies from giving the funds to organizations and their affiliates that provide abortions or do abortion referrals. In effect, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, as the state s largest abortion provider, would not be able to receive these funds. It is far past time for the state and federal governments to stop feeding this abortion giant with taxpayer dollars. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/wisconsin-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz-should-lose-funding/
New York Times Praises Catholic Pro-Abortion Democrat Hochul
On Monday, New York Times reporter Raymond Hernandez profiled Democrat Kathy Hochul, the winner of the recent special congressional election to fill a seat from a Republican district in New York state, in Her Inheritance: An Eagerness to Serve. . http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/new-york-times-praises-catholic-pro-abortion-democrat-hochul/
Russia s Orthodox Church, MPs Pushing Bill to Limit Abortions
France is poised to maintain its very strict limitations on ESCR. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/31/russias-orthodox-church-mps-pushing-bill-to-limit-abortions/
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Pope Benedict XVI has reminded church musicians of the primacy of Gregorian chant in the Mass, describing it “as the supreme model of sacred music.” The Pope set out his views in a letter for the 100th anniversary of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. The letter was read at the institute on May 26 and made public on May 31. He praised Gregorian chant as being “of huge value to the great ecclesial heritage of universal sacred music.” But Pope Benedict also noted that sometimes it was erroneously “considered an expression of an idea corresponding to a past, gone and to be forgotten, because it limited the freedom and creativity of the individual and the community.” This was a view he wanted to counter. Gregorian chant, often referred to as plainchant, is named after the 6th century Pope Gregory the Great. He both simplified and cataloged the sacred music of the Church used throughout the year. It’s been the normative music of sacred liturgy ever since. The present Pope stressed that there’s no tension between tradition and genuine progress in the development of sacred music. Music is a topic of particular interest to the Pope. He’s a great lover of classical music in general with a special fondness for Mozart and Bach. He’s also an avid pianist who has an upright piano in his Vatican apartment. Pope Benedict noted in his letter that all his musical conclusions are mandated by the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the sacred liturgy, “Sacrosanctum Concillium.”
“We always have to ask again: who is the true subject of the Liturgy? The answer is simple: the Church. It is the individual or group that celebrates the liturgy, but it is primarily God’s action through the Church, which has its own history, its rich tradition and creativity.”
“The liturgy, and therefore sacred music, lives in a correct and consistent relationship between healthy traditio and rightful progressio, always keeping in mind that these two concepts – that the Council Fathers clearly emphasized – complement each other because the tradition is a living reality and, therefore, it includes in itself the principle of development and progress.”
Pope Benedict XVI has reminded church musicians of the primacy of Gregorian chant in the Mass, describing it “as the supreme model of sacred music.”
The Pope set out his views in a letter for the 100th anniversary of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. The letter was read at the institute on May 26 and made public on May 31.
He praised Gregorian chant as being “of huge value to the great ecclesial heritage of universal sacred music.” But Pope Benedict also noted that sometimes it was erroneously “considered an expression of an idea corresponding to a past, gone and to be forgotten, because it limited the freedom and creativity of the individual and the community.” This was a view he wanted to counter.
Gregorian chant, often referred to as plainchant, is named after the 6th century Pope Gregory the Great. He both simplified and cataloged the sacred music of the Church used throughout the year. It’s been the normative music of sacred liturgy ever since.
The present Pope stressed that there’s no tension between tradition and genuine progress in the development of sacred music.
Music is a topic of particular interest to the Pope. He’s a great lover of classical music in general with a special fondness for Mozart and Bach. He’s also an avid pianist who has an upright piano in his Vatican apartment.
Pope Benedict noted in his letter that all his musical conclusions are mandated by the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the sacred liturgy, “Sacrosanctum Concillium.”
One of the most beautiful moments in history was that when pregnancy met pregnancy when childbearers became the first heralds of the King of Kings. All pagan religions begin with the teachings of adults, but Christianity begins with the birth of a Child. From that day to this, Christians have ever been the defenders of the family and the love of generation. If we ever sat down to write out what we would expect the Infinite God to do, certainly the last thing we would expect would be to see Him imprisoned in a carnal ciborium for nine months; and the next to last thing we would expect is that the “greatest man ever born of woman” while yet in his mother’s womb, would salute the yet imprisoned God-man. But this is precisely what took place in the Visitation.
At the Annunciation the archangel told Mary that her cousin, Elizabeth, was about to become the mother of John the Baptist. Mary was then a young girl, but her cousin was ”advanced in years,” that is, quite beyond the normal age of conceiving. “See, moreover, how it fares with thy cousin Elizabeth; she is old, yet she too has conceived a son; she who was reproached with barrenness is now in her sixth month, to prove that nothing is impossible with God. And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done unto me according to thy word.’ And with that the angel left her.” (Luke 1:36-38)
The birth of Christ is without regard to man; the birth of John the Baptist is without regard to age! “Nothing is impossible with God.” The Scripture continues the story: “In the days that followed, Mary rose up and went with all haste to a city of Juda, in the hill country where Zachary dwelt; and entering in she gave Elizabeth greeting. No sooner had Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, than the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth herself was filled with the Holy Ghost; so that she cried out with a loud voice, “Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. How have I deserved to be thus visited by the mother of my Lord? Why, as soon as ever the voice of thy greeting sounded in my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed art thou for thy believing; the message that was brought to thee from the Lord shall have fulfillment.” (Luke 1:39-45)
Mary “went with all haste”; she is always in a hurry to do good. With deliberate speed she becomes the first nurse of Christian civilization. The woman hastens to meet a woman. They serve best their neighbor who bear the Christ within their hearts and souls. Bearing in herself the Secret of Salvation, Mary journeys five days from Nazareth to the city of Hebron where, according to tradition, rested the ashes of the founders of the people of God, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The terraced-fields of Juda
pregnant with seed
called out to her
as she passed, praising the Child
she was yet to bear,
invoking His Blessing
on their expectancy.*
“She gave Elizabeth greeting”; springtime served the autumn. She, who is to bear Him Who will say: “I came not to be ministered unto but to minister” now ministers unto her cousin who bears only His trumpet and His voice in the wilderness. Nothing so provokes the service of the needy as the consciousness of one’s own unworthiness when visited by the grace of God, The handmaid of the Lord becomes the handmaid of Elizabeth.
On hearing the woman’s greeting, the child whom Elizabeth bore within her “leaped in her womb.” The Old Testament is here meeting the New Testament; the shadows dissolve with joy before the substance. All the longings and expectations of thousands of years as to Him Who would be the Saviour are now fulfilled in this one ecstatic moment when John the Baptist greets Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Mary is present at three births: at the birth of John the Baptist, at the birth of her own Divine Son, and at the “birth” of John, the Evangelist, at the foot of the Cross, as the Master saluted him: “Behold thy mother!” Mary, the Woman, presided at the three great moments of life: at a birth on the occasion of the Visitation, at a marriage at the Marriage Feast of Cana, and at a Death, or surrender of Life, at the Crucifixion of her Divine Son.
“The child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth herself was filled with the Holy Ghost.” A Pentecost came before Pentecost. The physical body of Christ within Mary now fills John the Baptist with the Spirit of Christ; thirty-three years later the Mystical Body of Christ, His Church, will be filled with the Holy Spirit, as Mary, too, will be in the midst of the Apostles abiding in prayer. John is sanctified by Jesus. So Jesus is not as John – not man alone, but God, as well.
The second part of the second most beautiful prayer in the world, the Hail Mary, is now about to be written; the first part was spoken by an angel: “Hail (Mary) full of grace; the Lord is with Thee; blessed art thou amongst women.” (Luke 1:28)
Now Elizabeth adds the second part in a “loud voice”; “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb (Jesus)” Old age is here not jealous of youth or privilege, for Elizabeth makes the first public proclamation that Mary is the Mother of God: “How have I deserved to be thus visited by the mother of my Lord?” She learned it less from Mary’s lips than from the Spirit of God nestling over her womb. Mary received the Spirit of God through an angel; Elizabeth was the first to receive it through Mary.
Cousin-nurse at birth, Mother-nurse at death. There is nothing Mary has that is for herself alone – not even her Son. Before He is born, her Son belongs to others. No sooner does she have the Divine Host within herself than she rises from the Communion rail of Nazareth to visit the aged and to make her young. Elizabeth would never live to see her son lose his head to the dancing stepdaughter of Herod, but Mary would live and die at once in seeing her Son taste death, that death might be no more.
* Calvin Le Compte, I Sing of a Maiden, Macmillan, 1949.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979) is considered by many to be the most influential Catholic of the 20th century in America. Millions of people watched his incredibly popular television series every week, “Life is Worth Living”, and millions more listened to his radio program, “The Catholic Hour”. Wherever he preached in public, standing-room-only crowds packed churches and halls to hear him. He had the same kind of charisma and holiness that attracts so many people to Pope John Paul II, who called Sheen “a loyal son of the Church.” Learn more about Archbishop Sheen by reading his autobiography, Treasure In Clay, or visiting the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation website.