The Immaculate Conception

What are We Celebrating Today?

Today, the Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We celebrate that Mary was conceived without the stain of sin. Even before she was born, Mary was and is full of grace.

Why do We Celebrate This?

Well, first, it’s important because Mary is the Mother of Jesus. She was the perfect vessel through which Jesus entered the world. Jesus was Mary’s Savior like He is to all of us. Rather than removing her sin, His grace preserved her from it from the beginning of her existence.

Second, we also celebrate the example Mary sets for each of us to follow. Pope Francis called Mary a “masterpiece” in her humility. Mary remained humble throughout her life. Completely trusting in God’s will, she emptied herself to make room for the action of the Holy Spirit. By saying “yes” to God and giving birth to our Savior, Mary also shows us to embrace an attitude of service to God and others without seeking any recognition or award.

Why do we celebrate Mary today? Because Mary helped to make our Salvation possible by being Jesus’ mother and because she shows us how to live our lives in a way pleasing to God.


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