Archive for October 7th, 2009

Our Lady of Good Delivery

“Nuestra Senora de Buen Parto” or “La Virgen de Buen Parto” is mostly known in this country through Our Lady of la Leche y Buen Parto’s statue, down in St. Augustine, Florida. She’s the patroness of the breastfeeding organization, the La Leche League, so we think of her as a patroness of ladies with breastfeeding problems.

But in Valencia, Spain and elsewhere, her patronage of pregnant women and women in labor is very important.

So in honor of Heather Price and her passenger Elizabeth, a prayer from Valencia (translated).

Our God and Father, who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be a fitting dwelling, for Your Son, conceived through the work of the Holy Spirit —

Through Mary’s virginal delivery, convert the pains of women who believe in You into joy. Through the birth of our Redeemer, present the good things of salvation to humanity.

Look with goodness upon this daughter of Yours, to whom has also been given the gift of motherhood; and through the intercession of the mother of Your Son, grant that the fruit which she has conceived may develop in good health, come happily into the sunlight, employ her whole life in Your holy service, and attain the Kingdom of Heaven with all her family.


Our Lady of Good Delivery, Mission Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine FL.


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On the Soul and the Resurrection continues, as St. Macrina argues for evolution as the divine plan.

Well, okay, not really. But you could pretty clearly use this kind of recapitulation argument that way. And why not? It would be really amusing to watch Dawkins’ head explode if you did argue from the divine. St. Mac didn’t even know about all the little plants and bacteria and virii that live inside us and the various kinds of cell, all of which would improve her argument that humanity encapsulates bits of all the orders of Creation, and thus had to come along later than their beginnings. 🙂 Evolution as an important part of God’s toolbox would seem to fit very naturally into this view.

Part 5.


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