What’s the big deal about the Immaculate Conception?

I have never grasped the meaning of the word “immaculate” even if I had religiously celebrated the feast day of the Immaculate Conception simply because I never bothered to ask. I thought it meant something holy and divine or miraculous. As it turned out, it was all these things, plus something more. A guy friend gave me the most accurate description when he said “immaculate” means “without stain”. So this is why we use the word “immaculate” to describe brides’ wedding gowns. Mama Mary is the Bride of the Holy Spirit so it is just fitting for her to resemble her groom and to be immaculate.

Immaculate Conception (Photo: Francisco de Zurbarán)She is the Immaculata. She is the most beautiful creature ever created. According to St. Maximillian Kolbe, she was conceived in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, without any stain of original sin by the foreseen merits of her son. And because of this, according to him, the Blessed Virgin does the will of God perfectly because the Holy Spirit dwells in her in an extraordinary way.

Personally, there were a lot of times I went my own way and refused to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. But Mary always said “yes” to God constantly, on a daily basis. As children of Mary, we should imitate her obedience, her “fiat” to God to bear His only Son, Jesus. Also since our Mother Mary is Immaculate, we should also imitate her purity and have hearts, minds, souls, and bodies oriented towards God. Impure and evil actions or thoughts should not find any place in us. Lastly, we should also let the Holy Spirit come to us and be attentive to its promptings. Praying the rosary is also a good way to be close to our Mother.

Mama Mary’s role as our Mother should give us hope that Jesus loved us so much that He gave us His mother as our own. And since she is the mother who was at the wedding in Cana, she also constantly intercedes for us and tells us, “Do whatever He tells you.” Always, she leads us to Christ, her Son and our Redeemer. Ave Maria!

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