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33. The Mode of Our Lord's Conception

1. St. Gregory (Moral. xviii) says: "As soonas the angel announced it, as soon as the Spirit came down, theWord was in the womb . . . was made flesh." The body assumedby the Word must be a body perfectly formed. Nor was it formedpreviously to the Annunciation and held in readiness to be assumed.It was formed and assumed in the same instant, the instant in whichMary assented to the divine Will, saying, "Be it done to meaccording to thy word." In that instant, "the Word wasmade flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14).

2. At the very instant that Christ was conceived, therational and spiritual human soul animated his body.{-Recall St. Thomas's theory that the ordinaryprocess of conception puts the conceived matter through twopre-human stages, vegetal and sentient. This, he here asserts, wasnot the case in the conception of our Lord.-}

3. Our Lord's body was not first conceived andafterwards assumed by the Word of God. It began to exist at theprecise moment in which it was assumed.

4. Our Lord's conception, in its active producingprinciple, was entirely miraculous and supernatural.

"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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