My wife and I facilitate the RCIA class at our parish and we received a fairly challenging question from one of our candidates:
“One of the only two issues that I really still struggle with about Catholicism is Mary’s Immaculate Conception. I understand the general idea, but the fact that she did not sin throughout her entire life I cannot get entirely. Why did she need a Savior if she was sinless? She was perfect, so to speak. Why does she need to be saved?”
One thought I have is that Mary, though sinless, is still not God and therefore, she could not save herself. Could you please give me a good response to his question?