Mass Times
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The Immaculate Conception speaks of a mystery not described in the Scripture, but is born of the Christian belief that in order to be the mother of the God/man Jesus, sin would surely never have touched Mary’s life, even the sin we call “original sin.” Reflecting on the readings of last Sunday I spoke of a “certainty of the heart” that goes beyond rational analysis or proofs. The same can be said of this feast. For centuries it was simply taken for granted as a form of devotion to Mary, it had long been a feast in the liturgy but had never been solemnly defined. In the 19th century it was declared a dogma of faith by Pope Pius IX in 1854.

© Mary Coloe

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