“You are the All Beautiful, O Mary!”

Holy Mary - the Immaculate Conception © GodAloneSufficeth.com, 2011

Holy Mary – the Immaculate Conception © GodAloneSufficeth.com, 2011

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. As Catholics, we believe that Mary, the Holy Mother of God, was preserved, by the grace of God, before-hand from all stain of original sin. Pope Pius IX so beautifully said, in his infallible statement of 1854 concerning this dogma:

 “The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the very first instant 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 (Saint of the Day p. 339).”

Mary was not just free from sin from the moment of her conception, she is “full of Grace (Luke 1:28).” Mary is the Mother of Jesus and His purest temple. In order for her to be worthy to carry the Son of God within her very body – for His flesh to be drawn from her flesh and His embryonic blood to be pumped through her maternal heart – she necessarily had to be undefiled by the contagion of sin. However, it was not simply essential the she be merely free from sin in order for her to be the Mother of God; no, it was required that Mary be “full of Grace.” The Grace, which was necessary for her salvation and for her soul to be Immaculate and remain “full of Grace” came from Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. “Nothing is impossible with God,” and He is outside of space and time (Luke 1:37). Thus, by a “singular grace and privilege,” God applied the Grace and merits of Jesus’ Eternal Sacrifice, before this event happened in time, to Mary at her conception, that she might be both sinless and “full of Grace” – thus, Immaculately Conceived.

On this occasion, I would like to share a prayer composed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for this Solemnity:

 “Holy and Immaculate Virgin,
to You, who are the honor of our people
and the solicitous custodian of our city,
we turn with confidence and love.
You are the All Beautiful, O Mary!
Sin is not in You.
Awaken in all of us a renewed desire of holiness:
may the splendor of truth shine in our word,
may the song of charity resound in our works,
may purity and chastity inhabit our body and our heart,
may all the beauty of the Gospel be present in our life.
You are the All Beautiful, O Mary!
The Word of God was made flesh in You.
Help us to remain in attentive listening to the voice of the Lord:
may the cry of the poor not leave us indifferent,
may the suffering of the sick and of those in need not find us distracted,
may the loneliness of the elderly and the fragility of children move us,
may every human life be always loved and venerated by us all.
You are the All Beautiful, O Mary!
In You is the full joy of the blessed life with God.
Makes us not lose the meaning of our earthly journey:
may the gentle light of faith illumine our days,
may the consoling strength of hope orientate our steps,
may the infectious warmth of love animate our heart,
may the eyes of all of us remain well fixed there, in God, where true joy is.
You are the All Beautiful, O Mary!
Hear our prayer, answer our supplication:
may the beauty of the merciful love of God in Jesus be in us,
may this divine beauty save us, our city, the whole world.

– Pope Francis, 2013

The United States is dedicated to the patronage of Mary and her Immaculate Conception. The power of Mary’s intercession is so evident in this land. We have enjoyed abundant blessings of peace and prosperity. Yes, there are many poor and disillusioned in our country, although compared with many other nations our lot does not seem so bad. We are truly a “great” country, yet that greatness derives from the appreciation that we are “One Nation under God.” As we exclude God, and His beloved Mother from  our daily lives, we reject an abundance of grace.  The  gratitude we show our Mother for her constant intercession is unfortunately appalling. As a nation, we legalize the killing of unborn children through abortion, we redefine “Marriage,”  and we threaten to trample upon the moral convictions and religious rights of our citizens.

Let us, on this day, resolve to thank Mary for her intercession and for the staying of her Son’s hand. Let us continue to seek mercy from the King, through the Queen Mother. Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United States of America – Pray for Us!!!

About KJ JMJ

Hello. My name is Ken. I have been discerning the Call for quite a long time, since I was knee high and my Grandpa took me to Holy Hill. I am particularly discerning a vocation as a Discalced Carmelite Friar. I hope this blog offers some assistance to you in discerning your own vocation. Please visit this blog often and journey with me as we all discover the call that God has given to each us.
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