Immaculate Mary….

The Immaculate Heart.  The Immaculate Conception.  The Immaculata….

Could there be a more perfect word to describe Our Blessed Lady?  All pure and pristine and spotless.  “Our tainted nature’s solitary boast…”

Sweet, sweet Mary, Heart so Pure, never desiring anything but the Will of God.

Yes, spotless and stainless and sinless.

How sad I am when Mary’s magnificence is misunderstood. How unthinkable it is to me that God would permit His Only Begotten Son, the Eternal Word, to become flesh in the womb of a sinful woman….to take up His Sacred Humanity from and within sinful flesh. Mary’s flesh became His flesh. She is His link to the human race. His true Mother. Of course she had to be Immaculate, free from any stain of sin.

What is misunderstood is that God did not glorify Mary for herself alone, but rather because He chose her to be the Mother of His Son. All the privileges bestowed upon her redound to her unique relationship with Jesus.

There is so much to say about Mary. But for today, I want to rejoice that she is Immaculate in Heart, Soul and Body. And doesn’t Jesus deserve such a peerless Mother?

Gabriel knew, when he addressed her, “Hail Full of Grace…”  It is her name. A fitting name for the one who would become the Mother of God.

Mary, at The Beautiful Gate, posted a link to a riveting story about a woman who died and had her very sinful life judged by Our Lord. One of the most comforting details in the story was of Our Lady, who prostrated herself at the feet of Her Divine Son and interceded for this woman. Mary will be with us always. She is, afterall….a Mother.

Holy Mary Mother of God
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour
of our death, Amen.