In Cool Catholics, There's Something About Mary

By Enrik Aguila and Marion Causing
YFL Mission Volunteers

“I am the Immaculate Conception” said the Mother Mary to Saint Bernadette Soubirous.

Powerful words, huh? But what really is the height, width and depth of that statement? What does it really mean for Mary to say that she is the Immaculate Conception?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Immaculate Conception means that Mary, who, although her conception was brought about the normal way, was set apart by being conceived without original sin — without any stain, whatsoever. What this means is that at the very beginning, before she even said her first words, before she was even born into the world, she was already spotless and holy.

But it doesn’t end there. Let us tell you the romantic part: the ‘why’.

Why did Mary have to be conceived without original sin? Simply because she was to bear the Son of God, Jesus Christ; a step towards your salvation. Simply because thousands of years ago, God has already been planning your home-coming party. When Jesus rose from the dead, it was done. Streamers. Banners. Cakes. Karaoke. Sushi. The greatest home-coming party ever. Effort, God!

But that just leaves us with this question: Have you come home or are you still keeping God waiting?

Coming home has with it a challenge to answer the call to holiness for every one of us, following Mary as our role model. This December 8 is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This December 8, will you take on the challenge?

Sources:
http://www.catholic.com/library/Immaculate_Conception_and_Assum.asp
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07674d.htm
Catechism of the Catholic Church

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