Thursday, December 8, 2022
Celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary who, by the grace of God, was born free of original sin, and kept free from sin her whole life. She was the first and most perfect disciple of Jesus, and is a model for all of us! Ora pro nobis, Maria!
The Church highly reveres Mary and we honor her throughout the year with several feast days, among them the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This holy day celebrates our belief that Mary was preserved by God from "original sin" from the moment of her conception. This privilege was given to her in anticipation of her role as the mother of Jesus, the bearer of God.
What does this mean for her and for us?
We must remember that Mary was fully human, vulnerable to human weakness, but from the first moment of her existence, God filled her with grace so that she could live her life completely open to the Holy Spirit and to God's will.
This teaching gives us hope that we too, are destined to be free from sin and bearers of the divine. It is at our baptism that we are made new creations filled with God's grace. Everything that was possible for Mary is possible for us!
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