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Redeemer in the Womb book. Drawing on Christian philosophy, poetry, liturgy, as well as the Fathers and great theologians of the Church, Saward shows that faith in the Incarnation commits the believer inescapably to the defense of the unborn child.

This is a magnificent book on a subject rarely addressed: the theological and spiritual significance of Christ in the womb of Mary. Does this sound obscure and boring? That's what you'd think - but it isn't! I couldn't put the book down! And you will be amazed at the amount of thought and writing - throughout church history - on this subject. Also, Saward is an excellent writer and there is a spiritual and devotional tone to the book

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Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus Living in Mary. I have found this to be a prophetic book. Advent is coming this year with a deeper silence and anticipation for me because of this book. 1993, Ignatius Press. Libraries near you: WorldCat.

The beloved disciple John begins His Gospel calling us to reflect on this extraordinary . The Child Jesus in the womb reminds us that every child in the womb is our neighbor.

The beloved disciple John begins His Gospel calling us to reflect on this extraordinary truth: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. There was a Redeemer in the womb of Mary! God was an embryonic human person, a fetus, a child in the womb. As we celebrate His Birth, let us rededicate ourselves to ending the horror of every procured abortion.

Following up on his acclaimed Redeemer in the Womb, John Saward returns to the mystery of Christ's Incarnation. The subject of this book is the objective and divinely revealed truth of the Nativity of Christ, as proclaimed by His infallible and immaculate Bride. He draws upon the rich traditions of the Church, as well as the writings of the great Christian mystics, to create a work that is both new and old, revolutionary and orthodox. It is the splendor of this truth, of "Love's noon in Nature's night", which for two millennia has captivated the Fathers and Schoolmen, and activated the genius of poets, painters, and musicians. Illustrated with eight color paintings.

Saward's published works include The Mysteries of March: Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Incarnation and Easter (1990), Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus Living in Mary (1993), Christ is the Answer: The Christ-centred teaching of Pope John Paul II (1995), The Beauty of Holiness.

Saward's published works include The Mysteries of March: Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Incarnation and Easter (1990), Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus Living in Mary (1993), Christ is the Answer: The Christ-centred teaching of Pope John Paul II (1995), The Beauty of Holiness (1996), The Way of the Lamb: The Spirit of.

John Saward is a Roman Catholic priest and a fellow of both Greyfriars and associate lecturer at Blackfriars at the University of Oxford in England. Directories Newly added.

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When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. moms Trusting God's Plan structure Growing Direction Motherhood Change And Growth. baby Morality Having A Baby Bones Not Knowing How Not Knowing Where Unborn Fetuses. Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. knots Motherhood mums Being A Mother Baby dedication Womb Birth, Physical.

John Saward presents a rich work of theology, spirituality, and ethics to consider one period of Christ's life--the nine months he passed within the body of the Virgin Mary. This "work of reclamation," as Professor Saward terms it, brings together "what early Christian writers, Christian philosophy, liturgy, poetry, and iconography" have said about this now forgotten period--the nine months of Jesus' embryonic and fetal life in Mary. Central to the story is the Annunciation, "the chief feast of the Incarnation." Christ's birth is the manifestation to the world of what occurred at the Annunciation. Through Mary's Yes, the preexisting Son of God assumed a human flesh and a human soul. The Eastern writers, especially Maximus the Confessor, insist upon the inseparability of body and soul, the wholeness of Christ's human person from the very beginning. Christian spirituality does not limit communication to the verbal. At the Visitation, Mary, the new Ark of the Covenant, bears within her the God-become-man who sanctifies his forerunner, John the Baptist. Jesus' mission of sanctifying others begins even before his birth. Both Elizabeth and Joseph are filled with reverential wonder in the presence of the divine within Mary. Elizabeth expresses amazement that Mary, "the Mother of the Lord" should come to her. Joseph wanted to leave Mary, not because he was ashamed of her conduct, but because he sensed the divine presence within her. Mary's Assumption is the final transfer of the Ark, the "shrine of the living God." This indwelling of Christ in Mary's womb is a figure of Christian reality. The womb in which Christ now dwells is "wide as the world"--it is the Church, the Eucharist, the individual. In each case, Christ comes trusting and defenseless, present as an unborn child awaiting a birth. Saward's book is the perfect Advent book--the Advent not limited to the liturgical season.

Comments: (3)

anneli
Such a beautiful book wherein is recounted the blessed Savior and Lord Jesus Christ's pre-Nativity ontology. there were a lot of precious insights in this book that one could meditate on for hours. HIGHLY recommended.
Bad Sunny
This is another lovely book by Saward combining erudition and palpable faith. In this book Saward looks at the consequences of the first nine months spent by the Redeember in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, addressing what this means for Our Lady, what it means for the Church and what it means for us believers. His anlaysis is backed up by many very valuable quotes from the Fathers and from the saints of the Medieval period. Many of the pages in this book could be extracted and used for meditation, particularly as some of the quotes from the saints are quite mystical in nature. Let us take first a sentence in the opening page and reflect on its meaning:

"The first stage of the divine Word's human life was literally "in Mary", in her womb"

Jesus sanctifies the womb but also prefigures the eschaton

Thus Jesus "emptied himself, not by laying aside his divine greatness, but by taking on our human littleness, and first of all the microscopic infirmity of the embryo. He accepts the limitations of the long, slow womb-way to birth."
"In the Virgin's womb, and from the empty tomb, the transfiguration of matter and biology has been set in motion. It will only be complete on the last day. Then the Virgin-born Son of Man will do for us what he has already done for his Mother".

The implications of Mary's visitation to Elizabeth

I was particularly taken by the visitation scene, "intended by the evangelist to recall the transfer of the Ark of the Convenant to Jerusalem (cf 2 Sam 6)". "The babe in the womb is God, so the expectant Mother is the definitive Ark, the antitypical shrine and sanctuary of the divine presence". On the theme of the composition of the magnificat, Saward takes issues with the famous catholic exegete, the late Fr Raymond Brown, who "declared that it is unlikely that such finished poerty could have been composed on the spot by ordinary people" describing his stance as a "breathtaking display of unscientific prejudgement". As I have enjoyed the work of Raymond Brown (his talks available on CD are particularly worth tracking down) I will simply say that I can see both points of view!

The largeness of Mary's heart

I was particularly taken by a quote from Guerric, a disciple of St Bernard:
"If you take account the narrowness of her womb, it is indeed a confined space. But, if you take account of the breadth of her heart, it is a vast throne, and it was this breath of heart that made the womb capable of containing such great majesty".

Jesus sanctifies all stages of human life

Critically for us in the 21th Century, the message of Jesus' nine months in the womb is that "unborn lufe has been assumed and therefore divinised by the consubstantial Word. To attack the unborn is to declare war against God". It is interesting that many catholic politicians use the uncertainty that existed since Aristotle up until modern times as to the time of ensoulment to cast doubt on catholic teaching. Aquinas following Aristotle thought that ensoulment only happened 40 days after conception but that was because he thought based on the knowledge available that the embryo lacking substance for the soul to configure it. As Saward notes, Aquinas would not hold this view today in light of scientific knowledge as to substance of the embryo.

The practical implications of these nine months in the womb are contained in this fine reflection (based on the Christology of Berulle):

"As man, but because he is God, Christ is the "head of human nature". In assuming a complete and concrete human nature, the universal Word in some way unites himself to every man, and, by living a complete human life from conception to the last breath, he touches and hallows every stage, evey state, of every man's existence".

Mary first conceived Jesus in her mind

Moving back to the Fathers, It is noted that "St Augustine says that Mary, full of faith conceived him first in her mind and then in her womb. The Virgin Mother is blessed because she kept the Word of God; not because in her the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, but because she kept God's very Word, through whom she was made, and who was made flesh in her". The Holy Virgin shelters the Word of God in her body for nine months, but in her soul she guards him for ever."
Origen too is touched upon, noting "In and through the Church, the believer is a "mother to Christ" and St Ambrose notes that "The loss of grace is like a miscarriage".

Mary and Holy Communion

And, the closeness of Mary to Holy Communion is also reflected on: "Everything in Mary is for sharing. She even lends the communicant the welcoming womb of her heart". "Mary mothers us in Mothering Christ". "The Mother of God stands by every communicant at the altar"

The unborn Jesus reveals to man his mysteriousness

"In one sense says Gregory of Nyssa, it is easier to know the heavens than oneself. St Augustine says that man is an abyss, the deep that calls upon the divine deep "in the roar of the mighty waters"

Finally, this is a fine short book, ideal to be brought way on retreat to be reflected on.
Wat!?
This is a magnificent book on a subject rarely addressed: the theological and spiritual significance of Christ in the womb of Mary. Does this sound obscure and boring? That's what you'd think -- but it isn't! I couldn't put the book down! And you will be amazed at the amount of thought and writing -- throughout church history -- on this subject. Also, Saward is an excellent writer and there is a spiritual and devotional tone to the book. There is also an ethical dimension -- the significance of Christ in the womb for the dignity of human life and the sanctity of the human person from the moment of conception. The main thing to be gained from the book, in my experience, is a heightened undertsanding of the miracle of the incarnation and the relationship between Christ and his Mother in utero!
Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus Living in Mary download epub
Catholicism
Author: John Saward
ISBN: 0898704278
Category: Christian Books & Bibles
Subcategory: Catholicism
Language: English
Publisher: Ignatius Pr (October 1, 1993)
Pages: 184 pages