The Immaculate Conception

As this is the month of Saint Bernardette, it is good to remember who it was who appeared to her at Massabielle...

The Immaculate Conception

"O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!"

The Immaculate Conception of Mary. A dogma of the Catholic Faith. Mary the Mother of God, is conceived without original sin.

Many members of non-Catholic Ecclesiastic Communities (Evangelicals Christians) have asked me to explain to them how this is possible for Mary to have been born with out original sin. They say to me that Original sin is passed from Adam and Eve through our parents to us. How therefore can Mary's mother have the sin and not yet pass it from herself to her daughter? Then the argument continues thus, "If Jesus was born from Mary and had not yet died and rose from the dead, (by which we are all redeemed), how is it then that Mary was redeemed at her conception"?

So we see in these two sentences these facts: 1. There is original sin. 2. Jesus was conceived (through the Holy Spirit) in Mary's womb. 3. Jesus died and rose again. They believe these things because they have the faith to believe them. They realize that in God all things are possible, yet they can not get their mind around a very special additional miracle of God. ...And this is my main problem with most non-Catholics (and some supposed Catholics) they unconsciously place limits on God. They decide what God will do and what God will not do.

This is an easy analogy I use to teach this Dogma to my students...

Suppose you are walking down a dark path in the woods. You have travelled this path many times before. This time however some one has dug a hole in the path which you cannot see. You plunge into the hole incapable of rescuing yourself. Suddenly a arm and hand appears and pulls you out. You have been redeemed after falling into the hole.

Consider Mary, she walks down the same path, and just as she is to fall into the hole she is pulled back. She has been redeemed "before" falling into the hole.

Both are saved from the hole. The hole of course is sin, and the hand is Christ.

God is the Alpha and Omega, always was and always will be. He is all knowing, all powerful and everywhere at once. Everywhere means every time as well, for God everytime is NOW. He sees things all in the same NOW. And all at once...

O God, Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, did prepare a worthy habitation for Thy Son: we beseech Thee, that as in view of the death of that Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain of sin, so Thou wouldst enable us, being made pure by her intercession, to come unto Thee. Through the same Christ Our Lord. AMEN.


Anonymous said...

A very solid argument. Of course, it would have been much less trouble for humanity if God had decided to prevent everyone who was walking down that forest path from falling into that hole. But then God is totally mysterious so why try to understand Him?

de Brantigny........................ said...

Yes but then where would our free will be?