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.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

On this feastday of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and the fourth anniversary of this blog, I would like to thank Our Lady for all she has done for me.  I ask for her continued protection and aid — for all I may do here, for myself, my family and everyone who may come here to learn more about our Mother, about consecration to her, or for prayer, support and encouragement.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception, celebrated December 8th, is a Solemnity in the Catholic Church.  This feast is one of only three Solemnities, and thus is one of the highest ranking Marian celebrations in our liturgical year (the other two being the feast of Mary, Mother of God on January 1st and the feast of the Assumption on August 15th.)

God’s preservation of Mary not only from personal sin but from original sin from the moment of her conception is a dogma of faith in the Catholic Church.  It wasn’t always so, and from the 7th century through to St. Thomas Aquinas and on to Blessed John Duns Scotus right up to Pope Pius IX the discussions continued.

Since the entire Marian month of December is devoted to the Immaculate Conception, I would like to delve a little more deeply into this topic in a few upcoming posts, to follow the discussion as it evolved through the centuries and to highlight subject matter such as Mary’s pre-redemption.

But for today, on Mary’s beautiful feastday, I leave you with this passage from Henri Nouwen’s, “The Genesee Diary” – an entry he wrote on the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1974:

In this feast it seems that all the quiet beauty of Advent suddenly bursts forth into exuberance and exultation. In Mary we see all the beauty of Advent concentrated. She is the one in whom the waiting of Israel is most fully and most purely manifested; she is the last of the remnant of Israel for whom God shows his mercy and fulfills his promises; she is the faithful one who believed that the promise made to her by the Lord would be fulfilled; she is the lowly handmaid, the obedient servant, the quiet contemplative. She indeed is the most prepared to receive the Lord.

It seems that there is no better time to celebrate this feast than during these Advent days. It is the celebration of the beauty of her who is ready to receive the Lord. It is like admiring the palace where the King will enter, the room to which the bridegroom will come, the garden where the great encounter will take place.

[Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Genesee Diary, pg. 174]

The Immaculate Conception

I am happy to be “officially” starting this blog today, a very special Marian feastday.  Blessings upon any of you who may have just finished your 33-day consecration preparation, and whose Consecration Day is today, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

I will be starting off here with posts concerning the “why” and “how” of consecration to Mary, but for today, for this feastday, I invite you to watch this excellent video, The Immaculate Conception.