The Immaculate Conception

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There’s a bit of a misconception surrounding this feast day… at least that’s what I’ve found in my experience.  So I’m going to try to clear that up.  Read on!
First of all, it’s really important that you know Catholics do not worship Mary.  That’s just a misunderstanding.  I see where it stems from.  We do pray to Mary, in that we ask her to pray to God for us.  She and the saints are in heaven with God so they are in an excellent position to pray for us and love to do so.  They are not gods, just people – people that lived holy lives.  We don’t adore them like we do God, but we can certainly look up to them and model our lives after theirs.
Mary is a bit different from the saints.  She was chosen by God to be the vessel for His only Son, His Divine Son.  Naturally, she is going to be special, set apart.  Does that make sense?  
Hence, the Immaculate Conception.
Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother, Saint Ann as The Immaculata, conceived WITHOUT SIN.  That means she was not born with original sin like the rest of us.  This is Catholic Doctrine.  
That’s another misconception about this Feast Day – the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is not celebrating the day that Jesus was conceived in the womb of Mary.  That is another Feast day altogether – the Feast of the Annunciation.  On that day, the Angel came to Mary and asked her to bear the Son of God.  To which she said, Yes and thus, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary.
She is a beautiful and wonderful role model for all of us, and now that I’m a mother, I look to her even more!  She is Jesus’ Mother, the Mother of God!  Isn’t that amazing??  She deserves our respect and admiration.  Again, I want to stress, not instead of Jesus at all!
“Whoever does not wish to have Mary Immaculate as his Mother will not have Christ as his Brother.”
– St Maximillian Kolbe
Jesus wanted this for us!  As He was dying on the cross:
“When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’. Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!โ€™” (Jn 19:26-27)

Ah Maximillian Kolbe, saint of my blog.  That brings me to the reason I decided to write this post… why the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is important in MY life.

This is the anniversary of the date I joined the Militia of the Immaculata, dedicating my life to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to get closer to her Son, Jesus.  <3  To Jesus through Mary

The Miraculous Medal
I wear a medal that looks just like this every day
with the cross my husband gave me!
And I say the prayer:
“O Mary, conceived without Sin, Pray for us who have Recourse to Thee”

We honor Mary… “In her sinless perfection, Mary is a great sign of hope for the Church and for the world, a sign of the marvels that Godโ€™s grace can accomplish in us, his human creatures.” – Pope Benedict XVI

Alright, I hope I did this Feast Day some justice in my attempt to blog about it and I also hope I didn’t come across as a know-it-all because I certainly do not.  For more information about Catholic Teachings, try NewAdvent.org and CatholicsComeHome.com

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  1. Interesting that you say St Maximillian is the saint of your blog. My home parish, when I was a child until I was 25, is St Maximillian Kolbe. My husband and I got married there in 2010. The man he saved once came to speak to my parish. Pretty cool. I liked this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. My Beautiful World says:

    This is a beautiful post well written thanks for sharing. I have just found your lovely blog through your host blog hop wonderful to join in. I'm now following you hope you visit me and follow back so nice to find new friends to catch up with. Have a great day.

    Always Wendy

  3. TheRosaryLady says:

    Enjoyed your post today Jamie!

  4. What a beautiful post. So inspiring. I'm your newest follower ๐Ÿ™‚ would love it if you'd check out ours too @ funwiththefullwoods.blogspot.com

  5. GREAT explanation! You did a great job! I also wear a Miraculous Medal Necklace every day, but it's a very small blue one in the middle of a cross. I'll have to send you a picture of it because it's absolutely beautiful and my favorite Miraculous Medal! I absolutely love that quote by St. Maximillian Kolbe…YS chose his name for confirmation; it was a perfect fit for him!

  6. Wow, that was very helpful to me. I think I have had some wrong assumptions, but you helped me understand the Catholic doctrine and belief system a little more clearly. Thanks so much!

  7. Sarah @ It's a Vol says:

    While I am not Catholic I DID go to Catholic School for 13 years and I have a very very good understanding of the faith and I think you did an excellent job of explaining!

    I know what you mean about feeling closer to Mary after becoming a mother. I can't imagine watching my child grow for 30 years all the while knowing the sacrifice He would have to make. It's heart wrenching. I can't even listen to the song "Mary Did You Know?" any longer without crying the ugly cry. She was (is) a very courageous woman.

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