How blessed we are to be celebrating the glorious Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception! Mary, "full of grace" and " the highly favored one," was immaculately conceived in the womb of St. Anne, free from original sin from the moment of her conception, and each year we are reminded of this singular grace bestowed upon her. Because of this, Mary did not suffer the consequences of the first sin of Adam and Eve. She was free from any inclination to sin. It is only fitting that the mother of Our Lord and Savor be preserved from original sin. She is the glorious, radiant and pure vessel in whose womb Jesus was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We all turn to Mary Immaculate because she is the holy and perfect one. She is our Mother and intercessor before the throne of God. She enjoys the privilege of being in heaven body and soul. At the foot of the cross Mary was given to us when Jesus utter the words, "Woman, behold thy son." John, the beloved disciple, represents all of us.
The bond between mother and child is unlike any other earthly bond.As we go to our mother in time of need, we look to Mary, placing our trust in her. So many saints, when their earthy mother was taken from them took Mary to be their mother. We do not have to wait for that moment. Let us take Mary as our confidant and guide now by consecrating ourselves to her Immaculate Heart. Mary points the way to Jesus. St. Louis de Montfort said, "The surest and quickest way to Jesus is through Mary."
As we wait for the coming of our Savior, may Mary smile tenderly upon us bestowing her maternal blessing that we may open our hearts to receive all the blessings of this Advent season.