1/10/2007
God's Sign is the Baby
From the homily of Pope Benedict XVI at Midnight Mass in Rome, comes the following thought:

"God's sign is the baby. God's sign is that he makes himself small for us. This is how he reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendor. He comes as a baby -- defenseless and in need of our help. He does not want to overwhelm us with his strength. He takes away our fear of his greatness. He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child. He wants nothing other from us than our love, through which we spontaneously learn to enter into his feelings, his thoughts and his will -- we learn to live with him and to practice with him that humility of renunciation that belongs to the very essence of love. God made himself small so that we could understand him, welcome him, and love him."
There are those who would say that the pro-life movement is full of people who "love the child, but forget the mother." Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but usually the opposite is true, that those who call themselves pro-choice focus on the mother and forget the baby. They would even approve the destruction of that baby.

But God's sign is the Baby! Can you destroy the baby and not destroy the mother? Ask those who have been through this and see for yourselves what the answer is.

Focusing on the Sign does not mean we ignore everything else. Instead, focusing on the Sign is the very thing that allows us to go out and understand, welcome and love. This involves everyone, not just those who are in pro-life work, and not just those who are involved in social justice.

When you destroy the baby you destroy the mother. When you focus on the baby, you also focus on the mother. The two go hand in hand and to say that the mother is ignored is more a symptom of ignorance than anything else.
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