Wednesday, December 21, 2022

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 Life and Light
Bottom image: Thanksgiving After Communion ~ Alphonse Legros (1837-1911)

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