September 29, 2009

Review: Discovering Mary

David Mills, a convert to Catholicism, takes readers on a systematic, faith filled journey to discover Mary, the mother of God, as found in Sacred Scripture, tradition, and Church teaching. Delving into the Gospels, Mills examines Mary in the life of Jesus, as a mother, a wife, a devout Jew, and a follower of Christ. Mills continues, looking at the development of Marianology and Marian doctrine as seen in the life of the Church.

This book is perfect for those who are skeptical of Catholic devotion to Mary. The author admits to sharing this skepticism before discovering and understanding the reasons behind this devotion. Readers are taken on a step by step approach, looking at Mary from different vantage points, to see the “new Eve” in all her theological significance. Discovering Mary is written in a scholarly but straight-forward way. I highly recommend it.

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September 22, 2009

Checkout the New "Bookshelf"

I want to draw your attention to a new feature on this blog. On the left side beneath the picture of Mother Teresa is the "bookshelf."

Every time I review a new book of interest to Catholics I'll add it to the bookshelf.

Just click on a book to read a review. I typically review 1-2 books a month so look for new reviews every 2 to 3 weeks.

Also, to see all reviews I've written go to the search box beneath the archives section, type the word "review" and hit return. All reviews will be displayed.

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Madonna & Child LET US PRAY

This prayer is originally from a longer prayer of the 15th century and was popularized in the 17th century by Fr. Claude Bernard, who is said to have learned it from his father.


Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help or sought Thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother;
to Thee do I come, before thee I kneel, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in Thy clemency, hear and answer me Amen.

September 21, 2009

The Death of Civility?

Many people have commented lately on a growing lack of civility in our public discourse. Is it true and what are we to make of it?

Lack of charity is nothing new. It has been with us from the beginning. This doesn’t excuse sin, in all its various incarnations – including intemperance, selfishness, and incivility - are impermissible. It does suggest, however, that the dearth in social graces and the coarsening of our culture is being accelerated by a number of forces. These include communication technology, the twenty-four hour news cycle, cults of celebrity that exonerate bad behavior, and a creeping permissiveness that desensitizes us to acts of inhumanity and rudeness – including our own.

The internet, blackberries, instant messaging, camera phones and more were unimaginable a generation ago. We now have the ability to receive and respond to information immediately. In our professional relationships, to take one example, if we waited days before responding to an email it might be considered rude. Instant messaging is a prime example of receiving information and reacting instantaneously. The key here is that we “react” to information that is brought to our attention quickly rather than responding to that information in measured tones.

Our culture has doubtless been coarsened by the bad behavior of cultural icons for whom getting arrested or acting crudely is a career move, not a career end as would have been the case in the past. The mass media is all too willing, and at times seems to encourage a star’s self destruction.

How are we as Catholics and as Christians to respond? We must affirm that every person is made in the image and likeness of God. Once we understand this we realize that certain behavior is beneath our dignity as human beings. Once we understand this we realize that treating others with incivility is also beneath their dignity.

September 18, 2009

Prayer Requests

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Prayer for Charity

Lord Jesus, I believe that you came into this world to redeem sinners. I hope in you and in your power to transform my soul, by your grace, from sinfulness to holiness. Lord, I love you and offer you the longings of my heart to put you truly first in my life. I want to love you with all my mind, heart, soul and strength.

Keep Your Eye On This Cardinal

Francis Arinze became the youngest Roman Catholic bishop in the world when he was ordained to the episcopate on 29 August 1965, at the age of 32. He was appointed titular bishop of Fissiana, and named coadjutor to the Archbishop of Onitsha, Nigeria. He attended the final session of the Second Vatican Council in that same year along with the 45 year old Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II.

Following the death of the Archbishop of Onitsha in February 1967, Arinze was appointed to the position a few months later, on 26 June 1967. He was the first native African to head his diocese, succeeding Archbishop Charles Heery, an Irish missionary.

On 8 April 1985, Arinze resigned from his post in Onitsha, and the Pope named him a Cardinal Deacon, with the title of S. Giovanni della Pigna, little more than a month later in the consistory held on 25 May 1985; he was raised to the rank of Cardinal Priest in 1996. Two days following his elevation to Cardinal Deacon, Arinze was appointed President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, holding the office until 1 October 2002, when he was named Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Despite the taboo about such discussions, he is the odds on favorite to be the next Pope.

September 17, 2009

St. John Vianney — The Curé d'Ars: Patron Saint of Parish Priests

Besides Jesus, there may be no better model for priests than St. John Vianney, who is the patron of parish priests. Only a handful of parish priests have been canonized. Most are religious priests, missionaries, bishops, cardinals and popes. Vianney lived from 1786 to 1859. For forty-one years, he was the Cure (pastor) of the French town of Ars.

He is known for his prayerfulness and piety. People would travel for miles to attend his Masses, hear him preach, and go to confession. As a result, the small town of Ars became a center of virtue and faithfulness.

There is an excellent novena in honor of Saint John Vianney here.

September 16, 2009

How to Go to Confession (and Avoid Sin)

Fr. Phillip Neri Powell

The following is an excerpt from the article “Advice from Fr. Philip Neri’s Confessional,” by Fr. Philip Neri Powell, O.P., Ph.D. It's quite long but well worth the read. Visit his website here. Go here for the previous post in this series.

III. Resisting Temptation

9. Temptation: Temptation is the pressure we feel when our disordered desires rise up and urge us to indulge them against God’s will for us. Entertaining a temptation is not a sin. Merely thinking about lying is not the sin of lying. However, if you decide to lie and do so “in your heart,” then you have lied whether you actually give voice to the lie or not.

10. Resistance: When you resist temptation on your own you are rejecting God’s grace and denying the victory of the Cross. There is no reason to resist temptation. You are perfectly free not to sin. Rather than steel yourself against temptation and fight like mad to resist the sin, turn and face the temptation square on. Name it. Hand it over to God. And move on. Resistance is actually the first step we take toward the sin. Be honest: how many times have you resisted a temptation only to submit to it eventually? What you are doing is habituating yourself to surrendering to sin. Break the cycle here by taking control of the temptation itself. Let’s say you are being tempted to lie to your professor about cheating on a paper. Say to God, “Lord, I am being tempted to lie to Dr. Jones about my paper. I give this temptation to you to deal with. I’m going to the library. Amen.” This is both an act of the intellect and an act of the will. Habituate yourself to using Christ’s victory over sin and stop resisting temptation!

September 15, 2009

More Thoughts on Genesis Continued ...

Matthew Coffin

Previously, we talked about how Adam, after naming all the animals did not find a partner suitable for him. Let us review the relevant passages of scripture immediately following the creation of man:

The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. The LORD God gave man this order: "You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and bad. From that tree you shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die."

The LORD God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him. So the LORD God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name.

The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man. So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.

The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man…

First, God commissions man to “cultivate and care for,” everything in the Garden. Second, he tells man to eat of any tree of the Garden except the tree of knowledge for, “the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die." What exactly did this mean? It means that from the beginning, humanity had free will. Adam was free to love or reject God. Rejecting God, the source of love itself, would have irreparable consequences, however.

Man realizes after naming all the animals that he is alone. He longs for an other with whom he can share love and life with. Barely had man realized this when “the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man,” and while he was asleep, took a rib from his side to form woman.

Upon waking, Adam is no longer genderless. He is a male person. Adam’s exclamation of joy when presented with woman by God is a profession of love - "This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called 'woman,' for out of 'her man' this one has been taken."

Man is no longer alone. His original solitude is over. Together, Adam and Eve experience the bliss that is original unity.

September 14, 2009

Edward Kennedy Without Tears

Much has been written about Senator Edward M. Kennedy in the aftermath of his death last month. I reflected on his life and legacy here. Much of the press and remembrances were laudatory. Some commentators did not indulge in hero worship, however, in offering more sober assessments. One of them even took the diocese of Boston to task.

Colleen Carroll Campbell, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has written that not all Catholics mourn the death of "Camelot." Go here to read her article.

Rev. Michael P. Orsi, a priest, teaches law at Ave Maria School of Law. He writes that granting Edward Kennedy an elaborate funeral was an occasion of scandal for the Church. See his article here.

On Sunday the American Thinker published an article entitled "Senator Kennedy's Final Attempt at Salvation."

More Thoughts on Genesis

Matthew Coffin

Last time, we discussed the first creation account in Genesis as creation from God’s point of view. Today we will examine the second creation account found in Genesis 2 and 3. The second creation account is older than the first. God creates man out of the dust of the ground and breathes His spirit or life into Adam. Adam at this point, while he has a body and is therefore an “embodied” person, is neither male nor female. God presents Adam with all the animals of the garden for Adam to name.

This is significant on several levels. First of all, for the ancient Hebrews, to name something or someone was to be responsible for it. God gave important figures in the Old Testament new names to signify the transformative relationship when we encounter the Divine. Parents name their children – signaling in part a responsibility to nurture their offspring. In the New Testament, Simon becomes Peter after his encounter with Christ.

So Adam naming the animals signifies he has stewardship over then. Furthermore, in naming the animals Adam realizes there is no one else like him in all creation. Among all the animals there was not another person. Adam is alone. John Paul II calls this “Original Solitude.” In experiencing original solitude man (not in the sense of “male” but as “mankind”), longs for an “other” whom he can love.

More on this next time…

September 13, 2009

Thought of the Day — St Ambrose on Humility

Thought of the Day
It is easier to look wise than to talk wisely.
-- St Ambrose of Milan

September 12, 2009

Vatican's got game: The Holy See's sports hall of fame is revealed

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- No one would ever mistake St. Peter's Square for Giants Stadium. But for centuries, the Vatican has hosted countless competitions and dozens of high-caliber athletes -- most of them lay employees, some of them monsignors and popes.

Because so few people know about the sporty side of the Vatican and because much of it is oral history that needs to be preserved, one Vatican employee has decided to publish his research.

Roberto Calvigioni, department head of sound engineering at Vatican Radio, spoke with the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, this summer about the soccer champs, black belts, tennis aces and cycling stars who will appear in his book, which, he explained, is still in the works.

Pope John Paul II obviously stands out as the most athletic pope in memory: He was an avid skier, soccer player, swimmer and hiker.

Pope Pius XI loved mountaineering. He was the first to summit Switzerland's highest mountain, Monte Rosa, from the eastern slope. He also climbed the Matterhorn and the route he scaled to Mont Blanc in July 1890 is named after him.

Pope Pius XII was passionate about sports and had no problem letting St. Peter's Square be turned into a basketball court for a historic game of hoops Oct. 9, 1955.

The Two Accounts of Creation in Genesis

Matthew Coffin

The book of Genesis features two accounts of creation. Detractors of Christianity, and even some Christians, claim these stories contradict each other by telling different versions of the same event – namely, when God created the world. The two creation accounts also pose a challenge to fundamentalists who hold a literal interpretation of the Bible. Pope John Paul II showed how the two creation stories in Genesis are complimentary and not contradictory.

The first creation account (Genesis 1:1-2:9) is called the Elohist account since the term used for God is “Elohim.” It is chronologically newer than the second creation account starting at Genesis 2:10. The second creation account is called the Yawhist account since the name used for God in that story is “Yahweh.”

The Elohist account or first creation story is creation from God’s point of view. God separates the light from the darkness, divides the waters, creates the sun, moon, and stars, land, vegetation, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea and so on. Before creating man God pauses as if pondering a momentous act. He makes man in his image, that is to say, in God’s own image. In this way, human beings – men and women – are different from everything else in creation.

Next time we will discuss the second creation account the so-called Yawhist account which is creation from Adam’s point of view.

September 10, 2009

Review: The Essential Catholic Survival Guide

Ever been at a loss when someone attacks your faith and beliefs? The Essential Catholic Survival Guide is a good resource to combat questions, challenges, and misconceptions about Catholicism and the Catholic Church’ Indexed according to topic in a “question and answer” format, it allows the reader to find the right answer to any question quickly. Topics covered include the following:

· The Church and the papacy
· Scripture and Tradition
· Mary and the saints
· The sacraments
· Salvation
· Last things
· Morality and science
· Anti-Catholicism
· Non-Catholic churches and movements
· Practical apologetics

Many of the answers provided in this book are in-depth and technical. I found it profitable nonetheless – especially as a reference tool.

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September 7, 2009

Thought of the Day

You ask me a method of attaining perfection. I know of love - and only love. Love can do all things

-- St Therese of Lisieux

How To Go To Confession

Fr. Phillip Neri Powell

The following is an excerpt from the article “Advice from Fr. Philip Neri’s Confessional,” by Fr. Philip Neri Powell, O.P., Ph.D. It's quite long but well worth the read. Visit his website here. Go here for the previous post in this series.

6. Gossip: What sin does gossip pervert? Gossip tends to pervert the gift of Truth, or in other words, gossip distorts our view of objective reality in favor of the illusions generated by lust, envy, jealousy, etc. Depending on the subject of the gossip, gossip is exciting b/c there is the great potential there for making oneself look good or better in front of friends. It is important to us that we appear to be “hooked in,” so we gossip. Gossip, in its worse form, is also a form of tearing people down—lying exaggerating, etc. all build up a false picture that then gets used to make rash judgments.

Advice: St. Philip Neri once took a penitent to the top of his church. He handed the woman a feather pillow and told her to rip the pillow open and scatter the feathers. She did so, watching the thousands of feathers fly all over the city. He then told her that her penance was to go and collect every feather. Such is the nature of gossip.

7. Doubt/Not praying: These sins can also be understood as a perversions of God’s Truth. One thing we have to get clear, however, is there is doubt and there is Doubt. Little “d” doubt is acceptable if and only if you are truly confused about or unsure of the right way to think about and believe an article of the faith. Being ignorant of a teaching can lead to doubt, so can the complexity of some of our beliefs. Big “D” Doubt occurs when you are actually rejecting a de fide (of the faith) teaching of the church for no other reason than you don’t like the teaching or that you the teaching teaches against your favorite sin. This occurs a lot with contraception, masturbation, and pre-martial sex. So, when you confess “doubt” be sure and distinguish between the two. Doubt often leads us to stop praying or to stop using the sacraments.

Advice: Know your faith! You are responsible for knowing and living the faith as it has been given to the Church. If you are truly confused about a teaching, ask for help or get a copy of the Catechism. If you find yourself Doubting, try saying to yourself: “I am one person in a two-thousand year old Church. I’m smart but I’m not Two-Thousand Years Smart, so I will assent to this teaching and assume that my rejection of the teaching is based on my ignorance and not on the falsity of the teaching.” This is a properly humble way of approaching difficult teachings. When you find yourself unable to pray with any eagerness or force, just pray anyway…”fake it ‘til you make it through the dry spell.” Prayer is a habit like any other and requires constant maintenance. Prayer is the means by which God speaks to us, so keep the channel open even when you are convinced that there’s no one on the other end. Think of yourself lost on a deserted island and you have a radio. When you give up hope that you will be rescued, you will turn the radio off. How will the rescue team find you then? Leave it on so you catch anything that might come through. In fact, pick several times during the day when you will sit with the radio and broadcast your location.

8. Lack of charity: This is a really BIG sin. This sin perverts God’s love. First, we are commanded by Christ to love one another. He never says that we have to like one another. This is the whole problem with equating “loving others” with “being nice to others.” We should be nice to other out of a sense of civility but the failure to be pleasant or polite is not a sin. When you find yourself actively working against the Good of another person, then you are in trouble. Charity requires that we will the Good of the other at all times. I can truly dislike someone and still will the Good for them. In fact, there may be more merit to loving someone you dislike. “Willing the Good” requires that we treat others as persons with their own ends, meaning we treat others as fellow creatures created in the image and likeness of God. We cannot use people as means to other ends. This is uncharitable.

Advice: Giving thanks for everyone in your life is key to being charitable to these people. Pay attention to how you are thinking and feeling about the people you interacted with daily. For everyone you meet send up a prayer that whatever they need to grow in holiness will be given to them. If there is someone you really, really dislike make that person a part of your daily thanksgiving. Have a Mass said for them! Beware one common pitfall: “Please, Lord, help Philip to change his ridiculous ways and make him a agree with me about X.” This is a prayer to change me to fit your expectations of who you want me to be. For some reason, I find mothers are terribly burdened with this temptation, especially when it comes to their children! Try instead: “Lord, I give you thanks for Philip. Grant him all he needs to grow in holiness.”

Homily: Brave New World

Fr. Rene Butler

In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Miranda, who has never set eyes on another human being but her father and, only recently, Fernando, suddenly finds herself among a group of men, and exclaims:

“How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in it!”
[Note: “brave” here means “fine, beautiful.”]

Isaiah 35:5-6 presents a wonderful vision of a brave new world: “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb will sing.” We see this fulfilled in Jesus healings, which lead us to hope for a better world.

If you could change just one thing about the world, what evil would you eliminate? Sickness and disease, even death? We can imagine people living a healthy life and then, when the time comes, just passing peacefully to the next life in their sleep.

This would mean eliminating hunger, the cause of so much sickness and disease in the world. Think of a world where no one goes to bed wondering if they will have anything to eat the next day.

For this, we need to free the world from injustice, so that everyone respects everyone else’s rights, people help each other in their need.

Before that, we would have to get rid of hatred, the source of so much evil and suffering. Hate blinds people to anything that is good. It kills everything but itself. It feeds on itself, and grows and grows. It is the cause of so many wars, so much rage. We see it everywhere, around political and moral issues, for example. It has led to three genocides in the last 100 years: against the Armenians during World War I, against the Jews during World War II, and in Rwanda only 15 years ago.

But how do we eliminate hatred? First get rid of false pride, the arrogance that makes people believe they are the best, better than anyone else, ever ready to take offense. Pride makes people think they are above the law, exempt from the basic moral principles that govern everyone else. Greed is its closest companion. As long as I have what I want, it makes no difference to me if others have what they need.

Imagine a world without arrogance: no one feeling superior to others; no one claiming more rights than someone else. That just might be a world without hatred, without injustice, without hunger; and if we couldn’t eliminate sickness, at least sick persons would be surrounded by care, and die knowing they are loved.

A world without arrogance could produce persons who are eager to be of service, compassionate to all who suffer, anxious to share. We could look around and quote Shakespeare: O brave new world, that has such people in it! – Such people as you and I are called to be.

September 5, 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe the Movie

A new movie is being planned about Our Lady of Guadalupe, so-named for an appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531 that’s credited with converting nine million indigenous Mexicans to Christianity. The film, still untitled, will be produced by Mpower Pictures, the company that was launched with the pro-life movie "Bella" in 2006 and founded by "The Passion of the Christ" producer Steve McEveety.

For more on Our Lady of Guadalupe go here.

Pope decries 'absurdity of war,' urges reconciliation

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI decried the absurdity of war and called on people to embrace forgiveness, peace and reconciliation.

Speaking in Polish to pilgrims attending his Sept. 2 general audience, the German-born pope recalled that Sept. 1 marked the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II.

"The human tragedies and the absurdity of war remain in people's memories," he said. The pope was 12 years old and lived in Bavaria when the war began.

"Let us ask God that the spirit of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation pervades the hearts of all people," he added.

He said, "Europe and the world today need a spirit of communion," which should be built upon Christ, his Gospel, charity and truth.

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Thought of the Day

The good Shepherd lays down his life, says the Lord, that is, his physical life, for His sheep; this he does because of his authority and love. Both in fact, are required: that they should be ruled by him, and that he should love them. The first without the second is not enough. Christ stands out for us as the example of this teaching: if Christ laid down his life for us, so we also ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

September 3, 2009

Explanation of the Mass, Part 4

IV Concluding Rite

Immediately after the Communion Rite, should there be any announcements, these are made, but should be kept brief. Then just as the people were greeted at the beginning of the Mass, so now the presider greets the people again and blesses them in one of three forms, the simple one, or at his discretion a more solemn Blessing, particularly at various seasons or on specific feast days, or a Prayers over the people. Includes the following:

Blessing and Dismissal

The Priest says again "The Lord be with you." The ritual phrase now serves as a farewell, followed by a blessing. The blessing prays that the grace God has given us in this part of our lives will benefit us because this is what we sacrificed with Christ in the Eucharist to the Father through the Holy Spirit.

Pro-Life Women Speak Out on Healthcare

Assisted Suicide Violates Human Dignity

Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented today on the pending Montana Supreme Court case that could establish a so called state constitutional right to assisted suicide.

“Assisted suicide is an act that violates the victim’s dignity,” said Fr. Pavone. “It is a declaration that a person’s life is worthless and devoid of respect. If the Montana constitution states that the dignity of every human is inviolable, then there can be no room in that constitution for the protection of a fabricated ‘right’ that threatens the very existence of the disabled and medically vulnerable.”

Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit

A Prayer For the Unborn

When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice saying, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Prayer for the Unborn in Danger of Abortion

Prayer for the unborn baby by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to our Lady of Guadalupe Intercessor for the Unborn
Jesus Mary and Joseph;
I love you very much,
I beg you to spare the life
of the unborn bady
that I have spiritually adopted;
who is in danger of abortion - Amen
Say this prayer each day for one year and a child in danger of abortion will be saved.

September 1, 2009

Virtual Rosary

I want to draw your attention to an icon on the left side bar beneath the feedback button. It contains a link to the virtual rosary website. The virtual rosary is downloadable software that enables you to say all twenty mysteries of the holy rosary as well as the divine mercy chaplet. I have used it myself for years and find it a very helpful prayer aid.

Other features allow you to say the rosary in a host of languages. Additionally, you may log on to the site and make prayer requests that are entered into a world wide prayer cast so that others will see and pray for your intentions. I encourage you to download the program and let others know about it as well. Go here for more information and to download the virtual rosary.

Adam and Eve: Original Unity

Fr. Anthony Percy

From The Theology of the Body Made Simple by Fr. Anthony Percy:

"...Adam awakes from the divine sleep to find that God has been at work fashioning Eve. Adam sees her and is really delighted. "At last," he says, "bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh." Adam notices two things about this new creature. She is the same, but different. She is a woman. She is human, to be sure, but she looks different. Adam is immediately attracted to her. We are told that henceforth man will leave father and mother and cleave to his wife. The man and woman, we are told, become one flesh.

...All this enables us to see the deep connection between Original Solitude and Original Unity. On the one hand, Adam experiences that he is unique in creation: he is alone with God like no other creature is. On the other hand, his experience tells him that something is lacking in his life... He feels alone. With the help of God he searches for this other. In fact, the biblical text says God himself presents the woman to the man. In effect, God is saying , "This is my daughter - care for her, love her! Adam accepts Eve. He becomes one with her; they become one flesh.