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Reflections on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Posted on: December 6, 2018 1:00 pm
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Sr. Mary Heleen Hehman

"O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you."

When I ponder the Immaculate Conception I think how great the love of God the Father is for Mary.  Of all the women He has created He chose Mary of Nazareth to be the mother of His son.  He would be so elated at her consent that He decided to make her pure, even from her birth so that His son would have a spotless, holy dwelling within Mary's womb.  And the Son what a love He has for the woman who risked so much in faith to become His mother.  Then there is the Holy Spirit who prepared Mary and made her Immaculate and infused her with the Life of God.  Mary, so obedient and so open, followed the Holy Spirit when her steps were so unknown. 

I like to pray to Mary today for our young people, my nieces and nephews and the many students entrusted to our care.  There seems to be greater temptations than in the past. But Mary wants all to turn to her Son and so she tirelessly intercedes for them.  

 

Sr. M.S.

Of all the beautiful and inspiring feasts of Mother Mary, the one dearest to me is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  The concept of Mary being conceived without sin is amazing. I always loved this feast because it was about Mary for all of us, at all times and all places. 

In high school, the students at Notre Dame Academy prepared for this feast by praying a novena of the Office of the Immaculate Conception. On the Feast Day we celebrated Holy Mass as a student body wearing our capes and caps followed by a breakfast and then we were dismissed for the rest of the day. 

At the apparition of our Lady of Lourdes, Mother Mary told Bernadette that she was the Immaculate Conception; a title which was seldom, if ever, used before.

 

Sr. Mary Evelynn Reinke

An old memory reminds me of how important the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in my life. When I was a freshman at the old Notre Dame Academy in Covington, we had a special school Mass on December 8, followed by a very nice breakfast in the cafeteria. At the table each freshman received a Miraculous Medal, bearing the image of the Immaculate Conception. I was very impressed with the importance of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, to the school, to the sisters. Being part of this extraordinary day as a fourteen-year-old served to enhance the devotion to Mary already in my heart. 

 

Sr. Ann Marie Pflum

What does the Feast of the Immaculate Conception mean to me? 

In celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I’m expressing my gratitude to the Father for creating Mary full of grace. As the “sinless one,” Mary is able to help me to be open to the coming of the Savior. Mary Immaculate, pray for me.

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