Taking Life One Day at a Time

December 8th, 2012 – Immaculate Conception

on December 8, 2011

Afternoon everyone!

We’ve finally come to the last month of the year, can you believe it!?! It’s still mind blowing for me how quickly time has gone by. Why it was only yesterday that I had begun this blog (back in April that is for Easter.) Yes indeed, time has flown by. More festivities yet to come and hopefully everyone is staying warm, if you’re in the cold parts of the world during this winter season.

So I’ve posted various topics and I realized I haven’t posted many in regards to my faith/religion, so since today is one of the three special and significant days of this month for Catholics, I’ve decided to provide some information in regards to today’s feast day and celebration in the Catholic Church. Yes, that’s right I’m going into a religious topic so if you have no respect for my faith or don’t particularly like to read about religious things I’d suggest moving along- however I will state that for a person to say, admit, and announce to themselves and the world that they are open minded and well rounded individuals -that would imply that you could and would read this post since it provides something different than my normal posts. ūüôā Just saying! For those leaving my above comment was in no offense, so please come back for my other posts and have a great rest of the day/night. Those of you staying to continue reading about the Immaculate Conception can just scroll down to the information that I’ve found.

Yours truly,

A Young Adult

http://catholicism.about.com/od/beliefsteachings/f/Imm_Concept_FAQ.htm

What Is the Immaculate Conception?

By , About.com Guide

Few doctrines of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Many people, including many Catholics, think that it refers to the conception of Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That event, though, is celebrated at the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25, nine months before Christmas). What is the Immaculate Conception?

Answer:

The Immaculate Conception refers to the condition that the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from Original Sin from the very moment of her conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. We celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 8; nine months before is December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Fr. John Hardon, S.J., in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, notes that “Neither the Greek nor Latin Fathers explicitly taught the Immaculate Conception, but they professed it implicitly.” It would take many centuries, though, for the Catholic Church to recognize the Immaculate Conception as a doctrine, and many more before Pope Pius IX, on December 8, 1854, would declare it a dogma.

In the Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX wrote that “We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.”

As Father Hardon further writes, the Blessed Virgin’s “freedom from sin was an unmerited gift of God or special grace, and an exception to the law, or privilege, which no other created person has received.”

Another misconception people have is that Mary’s Immaculate Conception was necessary to ensure that Original Sin would not be passed on to Christ. This has never been a part of the teaching on the Immaculate Conception; rather, the Immaculate Conception represents Christ’s saving grace operating in Mary in anticipation of His redemption of man and in God’s foreknowledge of Mary’s acceptance of His Will for her.

In other words, the Immaculate Conception was not a precondition for Christ’s act of redemption but the result of it. It is the concrete expression of God’s love for Mary, who gave herself fully, completely, and without hesitation to His service.

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