Friday, December 21, 2018

Unending pregnancy, perpetual birth...

The Lord and Ruler will be coming soon, and his name 
will be called Emmanuel, because he will be God- with-us. 
Cf Isaiah 7:14; 8:10 (Today’s Entrance Antiphon)

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"After Holy Communion, we carry Christ within us 
in the sacramental species just as Mary carried Him 
in His own species for nine months. ... 

Pregnancy in particular is dense with spiritual lessons: 
being 'with child' is the model of being 'with Christ' 
in faith, hope, love, in humble service and deepest prayer.

Having come, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, 
to make His home within me, Christ wants to remain 
sub tectum meum, 'under my roof', 
the king and centre of my heart.  
Obedience to God, formed by loving contemplation and flowering 
into loving action, is unending pregnancy, perpetual birth."

John Saward
Redeemer in the Womb

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Top Image: Our Lady of the Light
Bottom image: Thanksgiving After Communion ~ Alphonse Legros (1837-1911)

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