The Feast of the Immaculate Conception


In Conceptione Immaculata Beatae Mariae Virginis.

Adam and Eve, our first parents offended God by falling into sin. Because of the fall of Adam and Eve, we all enter the world with original sin inherited from Adam and Eve.

For Catholics, this inherited state of original sin (and actual sin in non-baptised adults) is removed by the Sacrament of Baptism, but the Blessed Virgin Mary was given a marvellous privilege. She was conceived in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, without this original sin. The evil one, the devil, should have no power over Mary! There was never the slightest sin in our all-beautiful Mother.

This great privilege of Our Lady is called her Immaculate Conception. In 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed to the whole world that there was no doubt at all that Mary was conceived without sin. Four years later, she appeared to Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes. When St. Bernadette asked the beautiful lady who she was, Our Lady joined her hands and raised her eyes toward heaven. She said, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

The doctrine was almost universally believed over the centuries but was only formally defined as a doctrine of the Church. Because it is so old, it is one of the Marian doctrines that Islam shares with the Catholic Church, though of course the theological details are very different.

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