Happy feast day to all on this the
Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
For those with Faith, no further explanation is necessary.
For those without, no possible explanation will suffice.
Today is the Catholic Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception.
Mary, the Mother of God, was conceived without the stain of Original Sin.
All Christians in all ages in all places are obliged to acknowledge this Truth as did most of the Reformers. Kecharitomene, Full of Grace.
The “splendor of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception” comes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son” [Vatican II, LG 53, 56]. The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love” [cf. Eph 1:3-4].
For those unsure of how reasonable this great grace is, I offer this analogy:
A property owner, sitting on his porch, watches as a man walks across his property. Soon, the man falls into a deep and dangerous well. The land owner goes to the well with a ladder and helps the man out of the well
Again the property owner, sitting on his porch, watches a young girl walk across his property toward that same well. He goes out to her and stops her before she falls into that same deep and dangerous well.
Whom has the landowner saved? Yes, both. One, like the rest of us, was given the means to be washed of original sin – the well. The other, unlike the rest of us was given the means to be free, from the beginning, of that original sin – the well. In God, all things are possible.
If God can send His Only Son, to be born of a Virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit, God can also create that same Virgin in a state of Perfection – Kecharitomene, as she is named by Gabriel at the Annunciation. How would you create your mom if you could do so?
To deny this Truth taught by the Catholic Church is quite possibly to limit the power of God.
Happy Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception.