How much grace?
Compared to all other women?
Like night and day?
Mary was conceived without sin the pure vessel to bring forth the Christ.
Would any woman less than this be suitable or appropriate for God?
Somehow, hundreds of years went by before any doubt crept in. After one thousand years, we still knew the purity of Mary, Mother of Christ. Then, another five hundred years later and the debates of the worldly wise and scholars began. The question was asked, how could this be?
How could it be otherwise?
In 1830, the Blessed Virgin appeared in Paris to a novice asking a medal be struck with the words, “Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” So many miracles occurred associated to this medal it became known as the Miraculous Medal.
It would seem this was a signal grace for the Holy Father to confirm the Dogma that “Mary is Conceived Without Sin,” truly FULL OF GRACE and so the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception was pronounced by the Church on December 8, 1854.
All mothers can be confident that the Mother of God picks up where moms leaves off—that our mother MARY FULL OF GRACE is at the edge of every mother’s imperfection to perfectly guard, guide and to mother every child—even her grown children. Praying for them always, all her children, all the time!
What a relief and total comfort for each of us to know we have a perfect mother who is always there for us, interceding for us…
Four years after the Church says “Mary Is Conceived Without Sin,” she comes down from Heaven and gives us the grace that is Lourdes.
The Immaculate Conception appears in the Grotto as her dogma title in 1858.
Bernadette tells Pastor Peyramale, “I am the Immaculate Conception,” is the name of “That One” she prays within the Grotto. He knows it can be only one holy person—the Mother of God.
This is why when we see the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes we are seeing the image of the Immaculate Conception.
Today is an extraordinary reason to feast for every human being since the beginning of time and in all eternity. Why? The death of Eve is overturned. We are no longer motherless orphans. The woman clothed with the sun can now give birth to the Son of God and the doors of Heaven can be open for sinners and WE ALL HAVE A MOTHER!
Mother Mary, Immaculate Conception, help me to prepare my heart for the coming of your Son.
The advent-ure continues…
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