Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
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The Church teaches that Mary was free from sin, from the very moment of her conception, that she was “full of grace” and, that she was perfectly sinless throughout her life. Was this something she could have known about herself?
It leads us to think, how much do we understand about ourselves, and God’s plan and purpose for our lives on earth? Do I have a sense that God has been especially at work within me, blessing me with special gifts from my early years?
We have all been baptized, and many of us confirmed. God cleansed us of sin, poured the Holy Spirit into our innermost souls, and Jesus called us by name to be his disciples. We receive Him time and time again in Holy Eucharist and someday will join Him in going to the Father.
So, like Mary, we see the very special and unique works of God in us as we share a life with him. This is something that, if we believe it, can change the way we live.
From the Little Burgundy Book-Diocese of Saginaw