Dec 8, 2021: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (ABC)

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Introduction

Today we celebrate the privilege that was bestowed on Mary, the mother of Jesus, by her being conceived in her mother’s womb without the stain of original sin and filled with sanctifying grace (which is normally conferred during baptism). This privilege was bestowed on Mary in virtue of the inestimable character of her divine Son. He is the ultimate sinless one, and so it is fitting that the flesh from which he sprang should also be “immaculate.”

Many people confuse this event with the virgin birth of Jesus, which is understandable given that today’s gospel reading recounts the story of Jesus’ conception in Mary’s womb, not Mary’s conception in Saint Anne’s womb. Continue reading “Dec 8, 2021: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (ABC)”