1st Day — Mary’s Immaculate Conception.

Mary’s Immaculate Conception.

The Lord said to the serpent, I will put enmities between thee and the woman. (Gen.  iii.  14, 15.)

1.  In these words the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was announced to our first parents.  It was to be the reversal of the friendship with the serpent contracted by Eve when she listened to his voice and fell under his power.  The second Eve was never to be under the power of the devil, the enmity between them was to admit of no possible exception.  This involved the grace of being conceived Immaculate.

2.  Mary’s Immaculate Conception was the foundation of all her graces.  The absence of any stain or spot of sin marked her off from all the rest of mankind.  It distinguished her from the holiest of the saints, since they, one and all, were sinners.  Her perfect sinlessness was the source of all her glory and all her majesty; it was this which opened the door to the unlimited graces that she received from God; it is this which qualified her for her Divine Maternity, and for her throne as Queen of Heaven.

3.  If sinlessness is such a priceless treasure, how I ought to value it!  and how I ought to hate sin with a deadly hatred, and to detest and avoid even what are called little sins!  How eagerly should I cry out to the Immaculate Mother of God, this day and every day, in words that she herself suggested to one of her servants —

O Mary, conceived without sin, 

Pray for us who have recourse to thee!


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