For us Catholics, December 8th every year is a special day in honor of Mary – the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Special as it is, an Advent Sunday takes precedence liturgically. This year then the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated on Monday December 9th and it is not a holy day of obligation.
So to all who have special devotion to Mary, I invite you to come to one of our morning masses on Monday.
It was Pope Pius IX in 1854 who proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”
Many sermons on Mary focus correctly on her “Fiat” the Latin word meaning “let it be”. That was Mary’s answer to the angel Gabriel when he told her she was to conceive in her womb and bear a son, and name him Jesus. She gave that answer thinking it was incredible and impossible. “How can this be?” she said. We admire her because she allowed God to perform a miracle in her life. I imagine her as frightened but trusting, puzzled but faith filled. She inspires us. We too are often scared and perplexed at what is happening in our lives. Perhaps like Mary we need to say “Fiat”, blessed be the will of God, and then let a miracle happen to us.
A blessed Advent to you all,
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