Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception

In “To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons”, we find the locutions received by Father Stefano Gobbi from the Blessed Virgin, covering the period of July 1973 to December 1989.  As I was looking through the book tonight, I saw that every single year contains an entry for December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, save for 1973, 1974 and 1976.

The following are excerpts taken from the message of December 8, 1988 entitled “A Sign of Hope and of Consolation”:

[note:  red highlights are the way I’m feeling now.]

The exemption from every stain of sin, even the original one, has made it possible for my soul to be completely filled with the life of God; for my mind to be filled to overflowing with the Spirit of Wisdom who has opened me to a comprehension of the divine Word; for my heart to be molded into the most perfect form of love; for my body to be enwrapped in the immaculate light of a virginal purity…

Because I am ‘all beautiful’ – tota pulchra – I am for you a sign of hope in the days in which you are living, when my Adversary has succeeded in making everything ugly, through the stain of sin and of impurity.  You are living under the sign of his great bondage, which is depriving you of the reflection of all spiritual beauty.  Souls are being darkened by sins, which prevent the glory of life and of union with God from reaching them.  Bodies are being brutalized by the takeover of the passions and of impurity.  Man is being crushed under the weight of a civilization without God, which disfigures in him the image of his original dignity.  The world is being darkened by a persistent rejection of God.  A dense darkness has now descended to obscure everything…

Because I am ‘all beautiful’ – tota pulchra – I am for you also a sign of consolation.  You are living in the time of the great tribulation and sufferings and trials are increasing for everyone.  The wicked are continuing with obstinacy along the road of evil and of sin, without accepting my repeated urgings to conversion and to a return to the Lord.

The good are becoming tepid and as it were paralyzed by the unhealthy surroundings in which they live…

Today I call upon you all to look at me, your Immaculate Mother, as a sign of sure hope and of consolation, and to allow yourselves to be enfolded in my light, in these days of profound darkness and universal obscurity so that, led and guided by me, you may go to all places in order to illumine the earth.

I’m so glad it’s Advent. I just want to walk with Mary and ask for her help so that these “highlighted red parts” stop weighing down my heart and soul. Mary, thank you for being my hope and consolation.