Feast of the Immaculate Conception

We tend to see the mystery of the Immaculate Conception, which says that Mary was preserved from original sin from conception, as a gift just for her and not affecting us at all. It’s a gift that makes her unlike us.

St. Anselm, the 12th century monk who became archbishop of Canterbury, sees it differently. Mary shows us what being human and being part of God’s creation was meant to be. She is the first to be blessed by Jesus Christ, her son. All of us, yes even creation itself, also benefit from the gift:

“Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night – everything that is subject to our power or use – rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace. All creatures were dead, as it were, useless to us or for the praise of God, who made them. The world, contrary to its true destiny, was corrupted and tainted by human acts of idolatry. Now all creation has been restored to life and rejoices.

“The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness. Not only does it feel the unseen presence of God, its Creator, it sees God openly, working and making it holy. These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb.

“Through the fullness of the grace given you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new. Through the Son who was the glorious fruit of your virgin womb, just souls who died before his life-giving death rejoice as they are freed from captivity, and the angels are glad at the restoration of their shattered domain.

“Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance. Virgin, blessed above all creatures, through your blessing all creation is blessed, not only creation from its Creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation.”

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2 responses to “Feast of the Immaculate Conception

  1. Gail Smyder

    My goodness what more could be added to that reflection..lots to meditate on thanks to St. Anselm. Is that from the office of readings Father?? Mary often is my life line to her Son. Helps get my heart ready for Christmas. I think the older I get the more time for quiet appeals to my heart and Advent calls the heart……….

  2. Advent Women

    He is coming,
    the Precious Christ,
    to be born as a little baby
    of a woman, human like me,
    but oh, so attuned
    to the Spirit of God,
    with every fibre of her being-
    Yes!
    You have come, Precious Christ,
    born of a woman, human like me.
    Tune my poor Spirit to your great Spirit.
    Give me the courage of her
    Yes!
    -Gloria Ziemienski

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