Sunday, June 24, 2012

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

Today we celebrate the birthday of Christ’s Precursor, the great John the Baptist.  And in celebrating him, we also affirm our faith in the dignity of every human being from the moment of conception.  We remember how, when still in his mother’s womb, he leapt for joy when he sensed the presence of the just conceived, pre-born Christ in the womb of the Virgin Mother.  John’s mother, St. Elizabeth, was filled with the Holy Spirit, also recognized the Messiah and was the first to call His Mother Blessed.  Mary, already filled with God’s grace, sang His praises.  How can anyone who takes the Bible seriously, deny the humanity and the divine activity in the bodies of the unborn?  Please read this inspiring story of a heroic young mother and her choice for life.

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