The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God
You are wholly beautiful, my beloved, and without a
blemish. – Song of Songs 4:7
We fly to your patronage,
O holy Mother of God;
Despise not our prayers in
But ever deliver us from
O glorious and blessed
every human person is sacred. God loves every person into being – even when the conception is an act of lust or violence.
When the Virgin Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother, God created her immortal soul and filled
her with his divine life. In the Immaculate Conception, God uniquely redeemed Mary by preserving her from
Original Sin through the foreseen merits of Christ, the Savior. From the first moment of her life, Mary was
wholly beautiful, full of grace (Lk. 1:28), without any trace of self-centeredness, any inclination to sin and
with unparalleled freedom to love God and all other people. In her conception, God armed Mary to destroy
the kingdom of Satan (Gen. 3:15). The charity of Christ filled Mary from the first moment of her existence – in the safety of her mother’s womb.
Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception in these words: 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.
The good news of the Immaculate Conception is that 14 15 there is more love in Mary’s sinless soul than there is evil in the world. In her Immaculate Conception, God empowered Mary to say yes freely to his plan of salvation in Christ and to help us, her sons and daughters, to say yes too.
God, Almighty Father, at the moment of our
conception you loved each of us into life. You
loved Mary wondrously in her Immaculate
Conception, preserving her from inheriting the sin
of Adam through the foreseen merits of the Savior.
You prepared Mary in her conception to be the Mother
and partner of your Son and our loving mother. Give
all people an ever deeper reverence for your presence
and creative action in human conception. Help all to
recognize the evil of abortion and contraception, and all
sins which offend our Creator God. In Mary’s maternal
embrace, may every American foster reverence for
human life in our nation. We ask this through Jesus
Christ, Our Lord. Amen.Novena Source