Mary’s ultrasound

I saw this poster in a Catholic parish in London:


This is going to annoy some people.

I love it.

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  1. Microtouch says:

    I love it. Right in their face.

  2. cregduff says:

    Do you have any problem with re-distribution of your picture of this poster?

  3. gluon says:

    High resolution version are found on the campaign’s website to use for free as posters or advertisements.

  4. Redeemer in the Womb, eh?

  5. With regard to my screename:
    Et verbum caro factum est = ultrasound
    Et habitavit in nobis = Christmas!

  6. jilly4ski says:

    My baby is due December 24th, (we will see how close we come). But I love looking at ultrasound pics, they are so beautiful.

  7. prairie says:

    I thought these had been banned in the UK. Is that not the case?

  8. MichaelD says:

    My brother’s birthday is December 24. He was the best Christmas gift we ever received, except of course the feast itself.

  9. TJerome says:

    We should send this to Pelosi. It might evoke a memory in her of when she was Catholic.

  10. momoften says:

    Perfect billboard picture for the local abortion mill? Yes, perhaps even if they used the ultrasound picture in many other ways like making the baby look like it is blowing out a BIRTHday candle, or any number of things…perhaps?

  11. slater says:

    Beautiful. Thank you for this post.

    Folks should send it to Jesuit parishes! Maybe they will wake up someday.

  12. MikeM says:

    They’re already upset. Thomas Peters had a story about that a few days ago…

  13. Maltese says:

    I think it’s beautiful.

  14. frleo says:

    I have inserted the photo into my signature for my e-mails from now until Christmas ;)

  15. Miriam says:

    I’ve downloaded this and placed it on the front door window of my store. Gets lots of positive comments and second looks.

    Of course the fact that my store is Catholic is probably helpful.

    Perfect for Christmas.

  16. I think this is terrific.

    I am pressed for time just now, but later in the day I plan on going to the campaign site and seeing whether there is a badge or a way to make one, which I would then add to the front page over at mine.


  17. jmhj5 says:

    I saw it on I think a week ago…I passed it on to all my Bishops, priest and pro-life friends. The picture brought so much PEACE to me. Merry Christmas!

  18. Random Friar says:

    This is a nice ecumenical effort. Time to pool our resources against the Culture of Death.

    And I hope our cousins across the pond are willing to let us Yanks jump on their little campaign!

  19. Gail F says:

    I think it’s kind of tacky, but I don’t understand what the fuss is about. How could anyone get upset by this?

  20. Nancy says:

    Uh, tacky??

  21. Tina in Ashburn says:

    if this were Facebook, i’d click the “Like”.

    Very good.

  22. priests wife says:

    Tina- I made it my profile pic on facebook

  23. Jane says:

    This picture will help to get a pro-life message across to those who have trouble with the obvious, that there are actually babies (people) in mother’s wombs.

  24. Geremia says:

    We should make a whole series starting at the Annunciation and ending at Christmas!

    (A dream of mine would be for U.S. Catholic Bishops to make the Annunciation, March 25, a non-transferable-to-the-nearest-Sunday holy day of obligation for U.S. Catholics. I think it would really help some Catholics understand why Catholics must be pro-life; it would really help the pro-life movement; and it would allow us Catholics to meditate more on and thank God for the Incarnation. To me, the Annunciation—when the Incarnation happened—is on the same level as Christmas and Easter.)

  25. mrsmontoya says:

    Father, I saw this on my MyYahoo ‘homepage’ as the right-hand ad!

  26. jarthurcrank says:

    I don’t care for it. It is the religious right equivalent of the penchant liberal Protestants of my childhood who liked to say at Christmas that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were homeless, that Mary was a stigmatized unwed mother who trusted in the Lord, that Ronny Ray-gun with his cruise missiles in Europe was mocking the Angels’ song of “peace on earth, goodwill towards men,” and all the other usual political agendas. While I stand on record in supporting the State both criminalizing abortion and building safe, habitable public housing for indigent families with taxpayer dollars, I do not support using Christmas as merely a vehicle by which to drive home otherwise worthy causes…and sometimes less than worthy causes.

  27. jilly4ski says:

    -jarthurcrank, except that this ad, is trying to point out that Christ is the reason for Christmas. It is not explicitly a pro-life ad. It is a de-secularization of Christmas ad. It has implicit pro-life message, but as someone pointed out above, the incarnation and virgin birth are very pro-life messages. The fact that an ultrasound picture is considered only a pro-life message is sad. An ultrasound is a fact, a picture of a child, nothing more, nothing less.

  28. jaykay says:

    “It is the religious right equivalent of …”

    It’s not the “religious right”, whatever that means. What’s “right wing” about being pro-life , supporting the most vulnerable? It’s wrong to import the political terms of right and left into the Church anyway, and especially on this issue. I personally would have dropped the little halo, but I certainly support the courage of those behind it, knowing the opprobrium they’ll be subjected to. And as for “using Christmas as merely a vehicle”? For Heaven’s sake, these people are out there everyday fighting the fight. Christmas is a time when they can enhance the message, being a time when we still happen to be concentrated (even the secular) more than usual on, let’s see: families, children, babies. Hmmm?

    It’s not exactly a new thing. Now wasn’t there a certain 19th century British author…?

  29. irishgirl says:

    This is so cool!

  30. Mark R says:

    The nauseating sentimentalism associated with the pro-life movement almost puts me off it.
    The Mother of God didn’t need ultrasounds…Do you think the Messiah would have been born with Down Syndrome?

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