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32. The Conception of Christ

1. The whole Trinity effected the conception of ourLord's body. But in a special way the conception is attributedto the Holy Ghost. For Christ came because of God's great lovefor mankind. Scripture says (John 3:16): "God so loved theworld as to give his only-begotten son." Hence, it is rightthat the conception of our Lord should be attributed to the Spiritof Love, that is, God the Holy Ghost.

2. We rightly say that Christ was conceived of the HolyGhost. This suggests that the Holy Ghost is the active principle ofthe conceiving, and also that the One conceived is consubstantialwith its active principle.

3. However, it is not right to say that the Holy Ghost isthe father of Christ. St. Augustine (Enchir. xl) says,"Christ was born of the Holy Ghost, not as a son; he was bornof Mary as a son." In his eternal personality, Christ is theSon of God by the eternal generation of the Father. He, therefore,is eternally the Son of God; he was not made the Son of God bybecoming man under the active power of the Holy Ghost.

4. In the conceiving of Christ, the Blessed Mother had noactive part to play beyond cooperating by giving consent thatGod's willshould be accomplished in her. And Mary didcooperate in God's will and work: "Be it done to me,"she said to the angelic messenger, "according to thyword."

"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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"Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God."
Thomas á Kempis

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