The “Immaculate Conception” – Solemnity

The Church has given us innumerable names for Our Lady and we proclaim them when we pray the various litanies in her honour.

Our Lady has also given herself different titles to which we give special attention.

At Lourdes she said: “I am the  Immaculate Conception.”

This title leads us into the very heart of God’s plan for the redemption of the world. Mary was conceived in the state of grace; she was called to be the mother of divine grace, the mother of the redeemer and the perpetual sign of hope in the midst of the world and in each one of us personally; she is a grace filled heart where each and every one of us can feel at home.  In the battle with evil and satan she is the sign of victory, the woman of Genesis:

“I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head and you will strike his heel.” (Gen 3:15)

The title the “Immaculate Conception” leads us into the whole world grace, of redemption, into the personal world of Jesus, son of God and son of Mary. It is God’s proclamation of what God’s love has planned for the world.

We will never come to an end of all that is revealed in Mary’s name: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” And it is a favourite title of Mary in the Legion of Mary.

The “Immaculate Conception” represents Christ’s saving grace operating in Mary in anticipation of his redemption of man and in God’s foreknowledge of Mary’s acceptance of His will for her. It is the concrete expression of God’s love for Mary, who gave herself fully, completely and without hesitation to his service.

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