Wednesday, December 8, 2010


"And the angel came in unto her, and said, "Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women"...And the angel said unto her, "Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." - Luke 1: 28, 30-31

One of the proof that made people believed in St. Bernadette Soubirous vision of our Lady of Lourdes, was when she mentioned that the lady she saw at the grotto mentioned that she was "The Immaculate Conception." During that time, the said dogma was still not publicly announced as a huge debate and discussion was still being done before the Catholic Church would formally share this dogma to the world. And when a simpleton like St. Bernadette uttered those words that our Lady had given her, it was proof that it was the Virgin Mary was the woman she was talking to in the grotto.

Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. When one is called the Immaculate Conception, in simpler terms it means a person who was conceived without sin.

This feast is celebrated during Advent season in order to show the significant role that the Blessed Mother Christ had played in Christmas. 

Pope Pius IX gave a solemn declaration known as Ineffabilis Deus  in 1854. It marks the finality of the Catholic Church's belief that Mary was conceived without original sin. Such privilege was bestowed upon her since St. Anna (her mother) conceived her. An ordinary human child, Mary, was destined to be the Mother of the Lord thus God gave the great of being untainted by original sin.

Since the Blessed Virgin Mary was to become the Mother of Christ, she had to be pure, unsullied and must not have original sin. Impossible. If God was the one who wills it anything is possible right?  And God couldn't have a better choice than the Blessed Virgin.

When the Archangel Gabriel announced to the Blessed Virgin about her conceiving a son. She was greatly troubled and yet despite the doubts (and eventually all the pains) she lived her life to the fullest following God even at her greatest "fiat" or yes, at the foot of the cross.  She remained pure and loyal to God, and always telling herself, "May it be done to me according to Your word" even if it means seeing her beloved Son suffer.  

She never whined nor complained. Until the end, she remained true to her faith in God. May I learned from her humility, patience and unselfish.

Today, during this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I revere a woman who truly is worth God's vessel to carry the Beloved Jesus Christ.

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