Happy Feast Day! So sad we can not receive a Sacramental Communion today. We must all make many Spiritual Communions and make it our constant thought to be united to Jesus spiritually -- now that we are deprived of Jesus truly present in the Eucharist.
Today we celebrate Our Blessed Mother's "yes" to God in sharing in the plan of the Eternal Father in giving us His Son Jesus. This is beyond our comprehension - it is just so much a mystery. Our Lady was chosen from all eternity and prepared with no original sin to be a holy and immaculate vessel for our Lord and Savior.
Her position was a singular honor and this is why from the moment of her own conception, She was conceived Immaculate and endowed with supernatural gifts and grace immeasurable beyond those of any creature on Earth or in Heaven. She is the Immaculate Conception for the Church. It was God’s Will for Her to be the Mother of God and the Mother of us all; but She had to give her consent and She did of her own free will to this holy duty as well as choose to remain spotless always. Eve was spotless but chose to sin. Mary was never tainted with sin – NEVER!
Mary responded to the angel, “He that is mighty has done great things to me… and from henceforth all generations shall call Me blessed.” Does anyone believe that God could be born of a woman who was for an instant the slave of the devil? She was kept spotless and pure with singular graces so that His Tabernacle could be pure. We are talking about God – the same God that people think they can receive in their hand at Holy Communion! Only the anointed hands of a priest can touch the Sacred Host! It makes no sense to think that anyone would imagine that Mary was a woman born with original sin. God is all holy! I thank the Eternal Father for giving us this perfect Mother and for Her yes and for Her constancy in perfection which was her own will.
This is why we honor Our Lady in a particular way. She was not only chosen to bring Him into the world physically. St. Louis deMontfort says that She continues to bring Christ into the world to us spiritually. It is the will of God that all graces flow to us through Her. It is a teaching and Tradition of the Catholic Church taught by the doctors of the Church. She occupies a special role in the work of redemption. She is intimately beside her divine Son in waging war against the powers of darkness. Their Hearts beat together. Her will is perfectly in union with God.
For more information on our Lady - there is a beautiful encyclical written by Pope St. Pius X - Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum. It is encouraged that you read it.
May we thank the Eternal Father for this great gift of Jesus’ Incarnation and for the gift of Our Queen and Mother who suffered with Christ then and continues to suffer now over the sins of mankind. May we unite ourselves to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary in our continued prayers of reparation.
Holy Mary, Mother of God - pray for us now and at the hour of our death!
(If you are renewing or making your Consecration today, the prayer and review of these last 33 days is under Formation - Consecration to Jesus thru Mary.)
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!