Saturday, December 07, 2013

The Immaculate Conception

According to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Mary, the Mother of God, was free from the instant of her conception from the taint of original sin on account of the merits of Jesus Christ, Who was to suffer and die on the cross.  Bl. Pius IX defined this dogma in 1854, citing Scripture and Tradition.  Four years later, the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes and identified herself as the Immaculate Conception -- a term the uneducated country girl did not understand.  The Mother of God had never before so identified herself: Queen of Heaven though she is, she waited until her Son's Vicar on earth stamped that title with his authority.

I look back on the blog and find a fair number of posts about the Immaculate Conception.  Here are the choicest:

Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.


  1. Good post. Thanks for the note on the song, which is not orthodox. Also, I condemn the movie The Nativity as showing Mary as imperfect and stupid about her role.

    She knew who she was and why she was called.

  2. Doesn't The Nativity also show Mary receiving a forecast from a fortune-teller about the future of her son?