Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Southern Preacher

Rocco Palmo posts and briefly discusses Cardinal DiNardo's homily transcript from the Mass for Life in Washington DC's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which took place on the morning of January 22nd. From the homily:
And when Elizabeth sees [Mary], JB -- John the Baptist -- stirs, and gives a kick, and that brings the Holy Spirit to gush forth from Elizabeth. And in that gushing forth, we see what the energy of acceptance does to others.

The Holy Spirit is active in Elizabeth through John the Baptist. Ah -- but Jesus is active in his mother, in a way beyond our comprehension.

What a pro-life scene, sisters and brothers! Elizabeth cries out "Blessed are you among women," and the Virgin Mary responds with one of the most joyful hymns we have in the New Testament.

I have a friend -- and you'll excuse this, it's typical of Southeast Texas... we're too far South maybe -- who claims that Mary yodeled the Magnificat. I don't think that's exegetically correct, but it's an interesting scene to fathom: the country girl who cries out in joy, certainly over the birth of the Savior, but who cries out in joy over the gift of life.
Awesome! That is so DiNardo! :)

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