"And while they were there, the time came for
her to be delivered."
"Now Mary's Expectation was full of God, and therefore it was joyous. It had two intensities of joy in it: the intensity of created holiness thirsting for the sight of God; and the intensity of an earthly mother's desire natural, simple, and human, but immensely sanctified to see the Face of her Babe, whom she knew to be God as well...Mary yearned for that earthly beatific Vision, the Face of the Incarnate God. She had doubtless intellectual visions, as mystics call them, of the beauty of the Sacred Humanity, before that night at Bethlehem. But these would rather increase the burning of her desire, than be a satisfaction to it."
Rev. Frederick W. Faber, C.O., D.D.
"Every man is born again when he is baptized. Once again the Spirit of God breathes upon the waters of birth as it did at the creation of the world and at the conception of Christ in the womb of His mother. Now in the soul of the newly baptized, Christ is conceived that from their life he may be born into the world again."
A Rocking-horse Catholic
“He deigned to take flesh at such a time that, shortly after His birth, He would be enrolled in Caesar's census, and thus submit Himself to bondage for the sake of our liberty.”
“The conception and birth of Jesus Christ are in fact the greatest work accomplished by the Holy Spirit in the history of creation and salvation…”
Pope John Paul II
Dominum Et Vivificantem, The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World (#50)