Whenever we celebrate Mass the preface reminds us  why, today, we should thank God. Just as her youth does not lie in age, her beauty does not consist in her outward appearance. It may be for a great feast like Easter or Christmas; it may be for a penitential season like Lent; it may be the occasion of a funeral or a wedding. to be our advocate with you and our pattern in holiness. ANGELUS ADDRESS, DEC. 8, 2018“Here I am.”. It makes us grow old quickly”! And to confess it, this is the beginning of a journey of conversion, asking God’s pardon first of all in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and then to repair the harm done to others. This grace given her is an act of God’s perfect and gratuitous mercy. When we say full of grace to Mary, in a certain sense we are telling her this too, at the highest level. To return to Lourdes. But this is a great mistake; it is the temptation of the origins, the temptation of the devil: weaving mistrust in God. Think about it: we will find many omitted ‘yeses’. “Tomorrow I’ll be better; tomorrow I will pray, I will do good tomorrow”. God is Father, the most tender of fathers, and desires his children’s trust. The Angel left the Virgin alone in a difficult situation. 132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". What was her secret? Purest of virgins, she was to bring forth your Son. NEW GUIDE TO HOLY ROSARY WITH "SUB TUUM PRAESIDIUM" AND ST. MICHAEL PRAYERS. Here I am is the opposite of I hid myself. God can create something out of nothing. Original sin was a Western problem, and this doctrine was hammered out in North Africa through St. Augustine’s controversy with Pelagius, who more or less stated that we could save ourselves. Benedict Agbo . your sign of favour to the Church at its beginning. Mary’s virginal conception of Jesus reflects God’s omnipotence. That Mary is filled with the presence of God. FaithND from the University of Notre Dame. In our time we have lost both a sense of sin and a sense of holiness, so that we may not feel or appreciate the urgency of sinlessness in the Mother of God.There is utter incompatibility between God and sin. It would be difficult to say how much that statement might have meant to the barely literate Bernadette. These two passages lead us to the origin of good and evil. In both readings it is God who seeks mankind. SOURCE: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/angelus/2017/documents/papa-francesco_angelus_20171208.htmlEMPHASIS MINE. Today we are contemplating the beauty of Mary Immaculate. In passing through the Holy Door, then, may we feel that we ourselves are part of this mystery of love. A “ruffian”: one of the two who was crucified with Jesus. In fact we recognize her as forever youthful, because she never aged through sin. The doctrine of original sin means that all are born in a state of lacking grace and salvation. Even the most innocent were, nevertheless, marked by original sin and fought with all their strength against its consequences. The Lord is with you.” Like the Assumption, our celebration of Mary’s Immaculate Conception tells us something very important about our common humanity: that is, humanity as man was meant to bear… One reason for the Immaculate Conception according to this lovely preface is that it would have been completely inappropriate for the Mother of the Second Person of the Trinity to have been under the reign of sin. Let us ask her to help us to remain youthful, by saying ‘no’ to sin, and to live a beautiful life, by saying ‘yes’ to God. For this reason, he chose Mary, the only creature without sin, immaculate. SATURDAY 2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME GOSPEL, COMMENTARY AND READING. Only four years earlier Pius IX had defined the Immaculate Conception as a dogma of faith. What does full of grace mean? Brothers and sisters, God’s grace is offered to everyone; and many who are the least on this earth will be the first in heaven (see Mk 10:31). Reflection for December 8, Tuesday; The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Principal Patroness of the Philippines (Solemnity): Luke 1:26-38 Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. No, Mary does not love the Lord when she feels like it, off and on. The Immaculate Conception is a dogma of the Catholic Church which states that the Virgin Mary has been free of original sin from the moment of her conception. “Here I am” is the prayer. But it is still a big mouthful. It marks the passage from a horizontal life, centred on oneself and one’s own needs, to a vertical life, ascending toward God. in a way that was unusual. She was favoured by a singular action of the Holy Spirit so as to always remain in perfect relationship with her Son, Jesus. Copyright © Catholicsstrivingforholiness All rights reserved. Good afternoon Dominican. In this way we close the door to goodness, and evil takes advantage of these omitted ‘yeses’. The Word of God was her secret: close to her heart, it then became flesh in her womb. “Giving heed to the loving call of our Blessed Mother - the Greatest Monument of the Grace of God - and being fervent and zealous to lead a holier life, pleasing to God!” (Based on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother) A legend goes thus… There was once a … The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary this year is very special to me: It is the 19th Anniversary of the first time I received Jesus, through my First Communion (December 8, 1997). The Author: Katherine O’Malley calendar_today Date: November 27, 2020 - 2 minutes read. Works of mercy are done in silence, in secrecy, without boasting of doing them. It is an extraordinary thing, because everything in the world, regrettably, is contaminated by evil. Mary’s “yes” to God takes on from the beginning the attitude of service, of attention to the needs of others. Sin is a privation, namely something missing, in this case the grace of Christ. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning and happy Feast Day! But to seize today, to say “no” to evil and “yes” to God, to open oneself to His grace, to once and for all stop thinking of ourselves, dragging ourselves into hypocrisy and to face our own reality as we are –this is who we are – to recognize that we have not loved God and neighbour as we should have. In today’s Gospel the Angel’s greeting to Mary resounds: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” (Lk 1:28). Order of the brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. She is certain that with the Lord, even if in an unexpected way, everything will be fine. She is humble. Perfectly corresponding to God’s plan for her, Mary then becomes the “all beautiful”, the “all holy”, but without the slightest shadow of complacency. Thus far from being negative, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is a positive affirmation about God’s gift of grace and holiness to Mary. PRAYER FOR THOSE UNJUSTLY ACCUSED AND THEIR FALSE ACCUSERS. This, yes, is the Christian sense of seizing the day. But there was no sin in her. ANGELUS ADDRESS, DEC. 8. Just as Mary did, she who knew how to listen to the Word of God and trust totally in his will, accepting it unreservedly in her own life. She is a masterpiece, whilst remaining humble, small, poor. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy feast day! With generosity and trust, like Mary, let us say today, each of us, this personal ‘yes’ to God. It means that, in her, full of grace from the start, there is no space for sin. And He responded: “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Lk 23:42-43). But faced with problems, Mary places her trust in God. Today let us look joyfully at her, full of grace. WHAT IS HOLINESS AND WHAT DOES CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACH ABOUT OUR VOCATION TO HOLINESS? All of these have their own prefaces which invite us to praise and thank God for the mystery we are celebrating on a particular day. The visit to Elizabeth which immediately follows the Annunciation testifies this concretely. Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary “HE CALLED THOSE WHOM HE WANTED” (Mk 3:13-19). POPE FRANCIS' HOMILY REFLECTION ON THE 3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B, MORNING PRAYER OF CONSECRATION TO MOTHER MARY: "OH MY LADY.". FRIDAY 2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME GOSPEL, COMMENTARY AND READING. the innocent Lamb who takes away our sins. The Immaculate Conception is the conception of Mary. There are also more general prefaces in use for weekdays or when there is no special occasion, feast or season. But on today’s feast day we are told that something has already been accomplished, in the person and the life of the Virgin Mary. Do you know who? Today’s liturgical feast celebrates one of the wonders of the story of salvation: the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. A GENERAL LIST OF MORTAL SINS ALL CATHOLICS SHOULD KNOW. At Advent, this faith is called to be reignited and fortified as it strengthens us in our waiting. Then, explain the doctrine: from the first moment of her existence Mary was free from any stain of sin. Every ‘yes’ to God gives rise to stories of salvation for us and for others. Share to help others in their Catholic faith and life. POPE FRANCIS’ REFLECTION HOMILY ON THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, Catholics Striving for holiness Home page, Catholics Striving for Holiness Privacy Policy. In the first reading there is the man who, at the origin, says no to God, and in the Gospel there is Mary who, at the Annunciation, says yes to God. Why not begin our days with a ‘here I am, Lord’? Reflection: Feast of the Immaculate Conception Posted on December 9, 2019, by Mary Swain SL For a long time it has seemed to me that we here at the Motherhouse think of today’s feast as December 8, a feast of Mary, a jubilee day, long ago a reception day and a vow day. Read the Importance of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Our Catholic Life for the 2017 Reflection on this Marian Feast.. At this point we can say that the Immaculate Conception means that Mary was never in a state of lacking grace. Catholic Daily Mass Readings for December 8 2020, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Homily. - Catholics Striving For Holiness, POPE FRANCIS' 2020 REFLECTION ON THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY - Catholics Striving For Holiness. She is left by the Angel, but believes that God remains with her, in her. One who trusts God in everything can do everything. God chose Mary the Immaculate Conception to be our “model of holiness” (Preface) in much the same way that DNA plays an integral role in our genetic code: from the inside, not from the outside. He was made equal to us in every way, except one thing, that ‘no’. HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. The Immaculate Conception . Full of grace she was to be a worthy mother of your Son. God has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear Parishioners, This Sunday is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ. The readings for today’s Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary present two crucial passages in the history of the relationship between man and God: we could say that they lead us towards the origin of good and evil. REFLECTION – “If, as the Apostle declares, faith is nothing else than the substance of things to be hoped for” (Heb 11:1) everyone will easily allow, that our faith is confirmed and our hope aroused and strengthened, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin. Each of us has a collection of them within. O LORD! You allowed no stain of Adam’s sin to touch the Virgin Mary. If Mary’s Immaculate Conception makes sense to you… The famous “yes, but …”; “yes, Lord, but …”. Like the Eucharist and iconography, the Catholic Church articulated the Immaculate Conception as “dogma” in 1854, not because Mary’s Conception without original sin was a new concept, but because the belief was under attack. Mary adds: “Let it be to me according to your word”. The goal to which we are called is also a gift of God for us, for which, the Apostles says He “chose us before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish” (v. 4); He predestined us (see v. 5), in Christ to be totally free from sin one day. HOW TO MEDITATE ON THE PASSION OF OUR LORD. In our joy we sing to your glory wit all the choirs of angels, Holy, holy…, The preface is relates Mary to her Son. In many paintings Mary is depicted as seated before the Angel with a small book in her hand. Reflection for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8 The reflection below was written by Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN for our Advent-Christmas 2016 reflection booklet, Journey Towards Justice: Reflections for Advent & Christmas 2016. Like Mary with her own ‘yes’. Let’s think: I, today, what ‘yes’ must I say to God? In her is reflected the beauty of God which is all love, grace, gift of self. The Immaculate Conception: Is defined like this….. 490 To become the mother of the Saviour, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role. As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). Sin ages, because it hardens the heart. USCCB Video Reflection; Saints of the Day; This is a personal reflection based on the text of Ephesians. In a few moments I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door of Mercy. Reflection for the Immaculate Conception - December 8, 2020 Fri, 12/04/2020-01:34pm On Tuesday, December 8th, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, which is the patronal feast of the Catholic Church in the United States of America. A gift of perfect love for the God she loved so perfectly is surely one of Mary’s deepest joys. And this was made possible through a great ‘yes’ – that of the sin was the ‘no’; this is the ‘yes’, it is a great ‘yes’ — that of Mary at the moment of the Annunciation. She immediately makes her whole being and her personal history available to God, so that the Word and the will of God may shape and bring them to fulfilment. And this, for us, is the path for becoming “holy and immaculate”. Because of this ‘yes’ Jesus began his journey along the path of humanity; he began it in Mary, spending the first months of life in his mother’s womb: he did not appear as a man, grown and strong, but he followed the journey of a human being. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. She is the one “evergreen oasis” of humanity, the only one uncontaminated, created immaculate so as to fully welcome, with her ‘yes’, God who came into the world and thus to begin a new history. When Gabriel entered her home, even the most profound and impenetrable of mysteries became for her a cause for joy, faith and abandonment to the message revealed to her. To the Angel who asks her to be ready to become the mother of Jesus, Mary replies: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (v. 38). By dwelling with God, in dialogue with him in every circumstance, Mary made her life beautiful. He is patient. Today we consider the beginning of this fulfilment, which is even before the birth of the Mother of the Lord. SOURCE: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/angelus/2019/documents/papa-francesco_angelus_20191208.htmlEMPHASIS MINE. We will have our Mass this weekend professionally recorded in the church and emailed to you Saturday afternoon. Pope Francis on the Immaculate Conception, reflection homily on the immaculate conception, DEC. 8: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY GOSPEL, COMMENTARY AND REFLECTION. Even she was saved by Christ, but in an extraordinary way, because God wanted that the mother of His Son not be touched by … There is only one thing that makes us age, grow old interiorly: not age, but sin. The Church today compliments herself with Mary by calling her ‘all fair’, tota pulchra. I want to reflect with you on this mystery, so that we can appreciate its significance in salvation history. Not so, replied Augustine. Minute Reflections – AmericanCatholic.org. WEDNESDAY 2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME GOSPEL, COMMENTARY AND READING. 490 To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role." Even in our communities, we are called to follow the example of Mary, practicing the style of discretion and concealment. JESUS BEING CALLED A MADMAN (Mk 3:20–21 ). that her son was God when he was dying on the cross; A woman of trust She trusts in God. Today we gather to celebrate Mary being conceived without the stain of original sin. Yet, in order to be filled it is necessary to make room, to empty oneself, to step aside. We are also crafty and so as not to say a true ‘no’ to God, we say: “Sorry, I can’t”; “not today, I think tomorrow”. God’s grace enfolded her and made her worthy of becoming the Mother of Christ. — but by trusting God and entrusting every day to him: here I am! Here I am opens one to God, while sin closes, isolates, causes one to be alone with oneself. Each of us, looking within ourselves, sees dark sides. We may be able to deceive people, but not God; He knows our hearts better than we ourselves do. These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 8, 2020“Chosen to be holy and immaculate before the foundation of the world”. It distances us from God and leads us to ‘no’, to the sinful ‘no’, to the ‘no’ of mediocrity. For each of us too, there is a history of salvation made up of ‘yeses’ and ‘nos’. A beautiful compliment to give to a woman and to tell her, politely, that she looks youthful. “STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND” (Mk 3:1–6 ). BY: Fr. These truths are not a complete account of all God’s favours to Mary. But in the first case God goes to Adam, after the sin, and asks him: “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9), and Adam responds: “I hid myself” (v. 10). If we wish to reflect deeper on the Immaculate Conception, the obvious place to go is the Mass text for the feast. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Genesis 3:9-15,20 + Ephesians 1:3-6,11-12 + Luke 1:26-38 December 8, 2018 “Hail, full of grace! But that is the truth. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception can be put quite simply, “whatever original sin is, Mary never had it.” But original sin is also negative. She does not say “let it be done as I want”, but “as You will”. We think that he might send us some trial, deprive us of freedom, abandon us. And today we look at the beauty of Our Lady, born and lived without sin, ever docile and transparent to God. It would be beautiful to say each morning: “Here I am, Lord, today let your will be done in me”. SOURCE: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/angelus/2020/documents/papa-francesco_angelus_20201208.htmlEMPHASIS MINE. In fact, her immaculate conception leads us to that precise moment when Mary’s life began to palpitate in her mother’s womb: already there was the sanctifying love of God, preserving her from the contagion of evil that is the common inheritance of the human family. But she, full of grace, is without sin. Phone: 724-863-9550 Saint Augustine, De Praedestinatione Sanctorum, 12, 24)! STAY UPDATED. All of this without clamour and ostentation, without seeking places of honour, without advertising, because charity and works of mercy needn’t be exhibited as a trophy. HOMILY SOURCE: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/12/08/pope_francis_homily_for_inauguration_of_the_jubilee/1192758 (Bold letters mine to highlight important ideas). COLLECT PRAYER. There can be some confusion about the meaning of this doctrine. For fifty years at least, the easy way to write a column on the Immaculate Conception was to start by explaining what it is: the celebration of Mary’s conception, not Jesus’. Reflection on the Immaculate Conception Mothers, Artists, and Pain: Moon River and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Reflection from CWS member Jessica Mesman Griffith, originally published on Patheos.com My maternal grandfather was born on December 8, … The clergy knew its significance. The uncontaminated beauty of our Mother is incomparable, but at the same time it attracts us. This is the wise approach: not to live depending on problems — when one ends, another appears! She does not place any limitations on God. (that is, God gave her the graces and gifts needed to allow God to achieve his plan for the salvation of humanity, through her cooperation). This Extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace. “I am the Immaculate Conception” is clearly a confirmation for the Church of the proclamation of Pius IX in 1854. And do you know who is the first person we are sure entered paradise? They passed through the “narrow door” that leads to life (see Lk 13:24). Given Mary’s total love of God, surely one of the gifts that she treasured most was to have always been in God’s love, never, even for an instant been separated from his love and grace. Again and again these readings make us think of the words by which the angel Gabriel told an astonished young girl of the mystery which was about to enfold her: “Hail, full of grace” (Lk 1:28).The Virgin Mary was called to rejoice above all because of what the Lord accomplished in her. Except sin. Today’s liturgical feast celebrates one of the wonders of the story of salvation: the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. Let’s think about it; it will do us good. Grace, in other words, cannot be inherited. He departed: it is a strong verb. But the preface also points to Mary’s relationship to the Church, to us. Mary, as today’s Gospel reading shows us, does not stand out in appearance: from a simple family, she lived humbly in Nazareth, a village practically unknown. – A women of faith who believed. We hold on to this with deep faith. In particular we should read the Preface, that is the opening part of the Eucharistic Prayer that comes before the Holy Holy. To not enjoy life in each passing moment – no, this is the worldly sense. Each one is in need and has to receive grace as a gift. And she trusts. And if she is entirely inhabited by God, there is no room within her for sin. And we will find the Lord’s voice in God, who asks something of us: a step forward. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. We too call her in this way, with each Hail Mary. Here I am is the remedy against the aging of sin; it is the therapy for staying young within. First, the “Immaculate Conception” means that when God created the Blessed Virgin Mary, He created her without sin. Today we celebrate the solemnity of Mary Immaculate, which takes place within the context of Advent, a time of expectation: God will accomplish what he promised. That word highlights the primacy of grace. To have been sinless is not an achievement but pure gift. By Madeline Puente ’17. A child born of two saints is still a child that is short of grace. But be careful. The second crucial passage, recounted today in the Gospel, is when God comes to live among us, becomes man like us. To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them. Some people confuse it with the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. And what Mary had from the beginning, will be ours in the end, after we have passed through the purifying “bath” of God’s grace. The idea that Mary was presented in the Temple as a young girl is making the same point: Mary always belonged to God. Thus far from being negative, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is a positive affirmation about God’s gift of grace and holiness to Mary. It reads: we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. The perfection of God’s place is already visible in Mary; we wait for God’s salvation to clothe us perfectly too. Similarly, in the nothingness of Mary’s virginity, God creates, and His Son is conceived as a human being in Mary’s womb. ANGELUS ADDRESSDec. This feast was celebrated in the Eastern church as early as the seventh century. Being with God does not magically resolve problems. December 8 Feast of the Day: (The Church celebrates it this year on December 9 as it coincides with the Second Sunday of Advent) About the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary The problem is with the word “immaculate.” This is a negative word, meaning, “not spotted or stained.” The stain in question is of course original sin. HOMILY: * Gen 3 : 9 – 20, Eph 1 : 3 – 22, Lk 1 : 26 – 38. God has always thought of her and wanted her in his inscrutable plan, to be a creature full of grace, that is, full of his love. One’s availability to God is found in one’s willingness to take on the needs of one’s neighbour. And also, five messages that we can use with our rosaries, to pray with Our Mother in preparation for tomorrow. 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