Pope John 22nd was considered the actual author of the famous Anima Christi hymn, in English ‘Soul of Christ’ a/k/as ‘Soul of my Savior.’ Although some thought that St. Ignatius of Loyola authored it, due to the hymn’s initials often in the headings of his retreat papers, it is actually known that he didn’t (tho he loved it). Anima Christi sanctificame = Soul of Christ, sanctify me. The ‘Body of Christ’ part is ‘salvame’ = save me, due to what especially John wrote-up in Chapter 6 of his Gospel.
Actually, it’s clearly ecclesial to emphasize the following (given that the H.S. is the officially taught sanctifier of souls via the sanctifying graces He gives souls) – “Abba Father, Existencer-Creator-Sustainer of my soul; Jesus Co-creator and Savior of my soul (and whole being); and Holy Spirit, sanctifier of my soul” – then add “I love You” or other, especially at the start of the day or under any trial. Even more, “I unconditionally adore You” which is the greatest love – unconditional ‘latria’ (in Latin=worship beyond ‘dulia,’ praise only, or veneration) – since adoration is only for God. So, while the Soul of Christ can surely help sanctify us, given that His Whole Person is gifted to us per the Eucharist (Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity), the Church teaches officially that the H.S. is the One actuating it, ever anointing us with Christ = the Anointed One. So, the H.S. is the Sanctifier of souls -- thanks to Jesus our only Savior for opening wide the gates to such saving sanctification of especially our souls. Why so much the soul?
While the heart is part of the law of loving God with our whole being (the ‘Shemah’ in Hebrew), the love of the heart that is of graced affections and not just romantic passions or attractive instincts is what accrues/builds up in the soul especially for the hour when the soul leaves the body for J-Day. This is especially holy when transcending the challenges of any enemy via forgiving him/her, etc., even if about to get injured or more (as Mexican martyrs and others did).
Too, while the mind is also of the greatest commandment of love (the Shemah), again any mental virtues can effectuate actual graces that pass into sanctifying ones of the soul. One example: a lector at Mass who is motivated to share God’s word for God’s glory firstly, while also for our salvation; who thus gifts the congregation with at least something of the H.S. with the transmission of the Word of God, especially unto ‘mittere’ (Latin for – to send), from which is derived in the past tense of the verb in English the word ‘Mass.’
Of course, finally too, the spirit, or the strength (of one’s spirit) with which we can love God is very related to the Holy Spirit in developing graces into the soul, which of course is to be wholly loving of God via avoiding disgrace and building up graces mainly by moral life and sacramentally so, goodwill, etc.
While procreating human life is wondrous, by far the most extraordinary gift goes beyond to the God-given soul. How? For even if a baby does not make it alive out of the womb, the babe’s soul lives forever and in a better place. While humans can collaborate with God in procreating, only our God (Who gave humans procreative gifts) creates and directly gifts the soul to the newly conceived person. Even the Human Soul of Jesus -- God from God, yet incarnated – was created. Also Mary, as explained by Bl. Anne C. Emmerick, was not naturally conceived with her God-created soul. We could see how Jesus was supernaturally conceived by the H.S., while likely Mary was preternaturally conceived (without original sin) per no more than the famous ‘embrace’ or hug ‘at the Golden Gate’ in Jerusalem. This means that angels (‘preter’ = ‘extra’ natural though not ‘super’) transferred human seed of Joachim into Anne without more than a clothed hug. Even anyone like me, born on April 26, has had the likelihood of having been naturally conceived (by calculation of 9 months prior to birth) on the very feast of Mary’s parents – Saints Joachim and Anne, July 26… considering the math of the different day lengths to those months, too. Yet all of us have had our souls conceived by God. How great that is!
Just one human soul means more to God than all the apes on the planet? Absolutely. Why? An ape may even simulate a human smile, depending, yet does not do so by freely willed love – only by instincts.
The great prolife priest, now deceased, Fr. Norman Uno Weslin, o.s., founder of the Lambs of Christ, preached regularly how the whole created universe of matter without any human soul is less to God than even one human. Why? God is LOVE and loves to be freely, consciously, conscientiously, self-willingly (philosophically termed ‘sentiantly’) loved by any one of us created in His Image and Likeness = free will, sentience, self-consciousness, etc.
HAVE A Blessed and Holy August month of the Soul of Christ!
Fr. Ed, Mexico, SOLT, but MRMS too in spirit!
May Our Lady ever-flowering & overflowing with graces & blessings unfold in us The 3-Fold indwelling Divinity (of Her 3 'Roses') to ever spring, sing, & ring alive.
Amatissima semper esto Maria Rosa Mystica!
Most Beloved ever be Maria Rosa Mystica!