We say these words in the Nicene Creed- but modern science gives new meaning to them. Today is the Feast of the Annunciation in the Roman Catholic Church, the 2,015th anniversary of the conception of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What a profound statement for Pro-life Catholics that is. Ok, I'm well aware of the controversy surrounding the date of Christmas, and this feast by necessity is symbolically tied to that- December 25, minus nine months, is March 25th. But what a gesture of belief in the sanctity of human life, from conception until death, this is, especially in a culture where youth is idealized to the point that many refuse to celebrate their birthday, let alone their conception day. And yet, here we are, the Church is asking us to celebrate the conception day of Our Lord.