Greetings one and all…I have finished the Thanksgiving celebration and the relatives have all left for home. I will now give the answer that will hopefully reconcile what I had stated earlier concerning Mary and concupiscence.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says the following, among other things, concerning concupiscence:
405 Although it is proper to each individual, original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s descendants. It is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in the natural powers proper to it, subject to ignorance, suffering and the dominion of death, and inclined to sin - an inclination to evil that is called concupiscence". Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.
978 "When we made our first profession of faith while receiving the holy Baptism that cleansed us, the forgiveness we received then was so full and complete that there remained in us absolutely nothing left to efface, neither original sin nor offenses committed by our own will, nor was there left any penalty to suffer in order to expiate them. . . . Yet the grace of Baptism delivers no one from all the weakness of nature. On the contrary, we must still combat the movements of concupiscence that never cease leading us into evil "
What I placed in bold is was what led me to say what I did about Mary and concupiscence. This was an unfortunate error on my part and I should know better. Catholic teaching does in fact exclude the Blessed Virgin from being subject to concupiscence.
I hereby apologize to my Catholic teachers and instructors from my days in Catholic grammar school, highschool, and beyond. Likewise, I apologize to my friends on this thread for having made the mistatements concerning the Blessed Virgin and concupiscence. Likewise, and most importantly I apologize to our Lord and Savior and his holy mother for the mistatement of the facts.
I hope that my explanation and response has at the end of the day brought me back into one accord with all of you. Thank you for making me reconsider and thus thinking this through and seeing the error of my ways. You made my day better and gave me one more thing to be thankful for.