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Doctrines & Morals

The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary
By Rev. Fr. Francis Babatunde

It was Pope Pius in 1854 who declared it to be true that “the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin. Mary’s immaculate the conception enhances Jesus’ redemptive work. Other members of the human race are cleansed from original sin after birth. In Mary, Jesus’ work was so powerful as to prevent original sin from the start. In the first reading we see that the glory covering Adam and Eve faded and they realized they were naked. Nakedness is not a state without clothes, but without grace, integrity, dominion, and true freedom. St Teresa of Jesus says that the state of grace gives dominion. Nakedness is not physical emptiness, living in bondage to worldly passion, sins, and created beings. Adam and Eve became naked and lost paradise. Nakedness came from the devil through the pride of eve. Grace came from Jesus through the humility of Mary. Eve brought the curse but Mary, Liberation. Eve was instrumental in the fall of man from dignity; Mary was instrumental in the restoration of man to dignity. Mary, by a singular grace, was set aside from birth for our salvation and preserved from stain of original sin - the Immaculate Conception. What we lost in Eve, we gained in Mary.


Prayer: Lord, may we never lose sight of glory of having Jesus as brother and Redeemer and Mary as our ever blessed Mother. May our Mother MARY continue to intercede for us. Amen 

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