Yesterday was the 73d anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; today, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, is the 73d anniversary of our declaration of war on Japan. Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception is the patroness of these United States. Have you ever thought about whether there is any significance in the fact that we entered the Second World War on our patronal feast?
This year it seems good to link to a couple of apologetics posts on the subject of the Immaculate Conception:
Mary, Conceived without Sin, You DID Know: why a certain popular song about Mary must never be sung in a Catholic Church
Potuit, Decuit, ergo Fecit: Why the Immaculate Conception Must Be True: a response to a self-professed apostate