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Mother in Faith

August 8, 2010

I have often compared pregnancy with receiving Jesus in the sacrament of Holy Communion. It doesn’t look like a Person, but it is. And the child within is not even visible at all:

When motherhood begins

the child is known by faith

and not by sight,

loved in hope and intuition


but without response

especially, without response of eyes.

We don’t see the little ones. We can only know them from the heart. We love them, but there are no words, no hugs, no touches except totality — being their universe in a manner that we cannot feel.

I have a blind friend, blind from birth. Odd to think of that. He has never looked anyone in the eye. You can sometimes feel it in his presence — something is missing because he never got that beautiful act of love. But he made a remark to me once about people who were bad (to make a long story short) and he said that “they seemed to have a mist about their person.” That was his description of presence. It doesn’t actually require eyes, but we sure do miss them.

So our child is loved by intuition, an intuition of presence. Probably the best preparation for pregnancy, particularly in a world that denies the personal presence of the unborn, is adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Just to spend time in that healing Presence that is not as it looks to the eyes of the body, is to develop the eyes of faith. Or, going the other way around, perhaps pregnancy is a way to learn the meaning of the Blessed Sacrament.

A person is known by his presence to another person. That simple. That essential. Commit yourself to that recognition. Sing to your child, play, read; above all, believe and express your belief. It is the most counter-cultural moment of your life. Take it on.

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