Yesterday we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In teaching that Mary was conceived immaculate, the Catholic Church teaches that from the very moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from all stain of original sin. This simply means that from the beginning, she was in a state of grace, sharing in God's own life, and that she was free from the sinful inclinations which have beset human nature after the fall.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta once prayed: “Mary, Mother of Jesus, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life, love Him as You loved Him, and serve Him as You served Him….”
Let us pray that we may always mirror St. Teresa’s fidelity and love as we approach the manger at Christmas.
Pat Schifini, OSU