Friday, December 07, 2007

"I am the Immaculate Conception"

The December 8 Alleluia verse: "Ave Maria, gratia plena Dominus tecum! Benedicta tu in mulieribus..."

I love Mary. I struggle with the notion of anyone conceived without sin, but in looking at newborns I can sorta imagine it. But the notion of anyone living her entire life without sin is...well, it gives me pause.

And, thank God, it gives me hope!

Because this same woman, Mother of God and Mother of us all, prays for us whenever we ask (and probably when we don't ask). How good the Good God is to have given us such a mother!

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!