Spiritual crusade – Day 9

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This is day 9 of Voice of the Family’s spiritual crusade. Today’s rosary concludes the first of the six novenas that we are offering during this 54-day crusade.

Intention: to obtain from God, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that Ireland may be entirely delivered from the evil of abortion and that the bishops may be granted the grace to preach the gospel fearlessly and to defend unborn children with all their strength.

Prayer: Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

Daily Spiritual Reflection

“Blessed is the fruit of thy womb”

“The sinner often seeks for something which he does not find; but to the just man it is given to find what he seeks: ‘The substance of the sinner is kept for the just’ [Prov 13:22]. Thus, Eve sought the fruit of the tree, but she did not find in it that which she sought. Everything Eve desired, however, was given to the Blessed Virgin. Eve sought that which the devil falsely promised her, namely, that she and Adam would be as gods, knowing good and evil. ‘You shall be,’ says this liar, ‘as gods’ [Gen 3:5]. But he lied, because ‘he is a liar and the father of lies’ [Jn 8:44]. Eve was not made like God after having eaten of the fruit, but rather she was unlike God in that by her sin she withdrew from God and was driven out of paradise. The Blessed Virgin, however, and all Christians, found in the fruit of her womb Him whereby we are all united to God and are made like to Him: ‘When He shall appear, we shall be like to Him, because we shall see Him as He is’ [1 Jn 3:2].

“Eve looked for pleasure in the fruit of the tree because it was good to eat. But she did not find this pleasure in it, and, on the contrary, she at once discovered she was naked and was stricken with sorrow. In the fruit of the Blessed Virgin we find sweetness and salvation: ‘He who eats My flesh… has eternal life’ [Jn 6:55].

“The fruit which Eve desired was beautiful to look upon, but that fruit of the Blessed Virgin is far more beautiful, for the angels desire to look upon Him: ‘Thou art beautiful above the sons of men’ [Ps 44:3]. He is the splendour of the glory of the Father. Eve, therefore, looked in vain for that which she sought in the fruit of the tree, just as the sinner is disappointed in his sins. We must seek in the fruit of the womb of the Virgin Mary whatsoever we desire. This is He who is the fruit blessed by God, who has filled Him with every grace, which in turn is poured out upon us who adore Him: ‘Blessed be God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with spiritual blessings in Christ’ [Eph 1:3]. He, too, is revered by the angels: ‘Benediction and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, honour and power and strength, to our God’ [Rev 7:12]. And He is glorified by men: ‘Every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father’ [Phil 2:11]. The Blessed Virgin is indeed blessed, but far more blessed is the Fruit of her womb: ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’ [Ps 117:26].”

– St Thomas Aquinas, Exposition on the Angelic Salutation