Immaculate Conception is the title by which we recognize that the Blessed Virgin Mary, by a special grace of God, was exempt of original sin. It was solemnly defined and proclaimed by Pope Pius IX on the 8th of December 1854.
Today is the birthday of that Virgin from whom the Saviour of all men willed to be born in order that he might give to all who were born to death the power to be reborn to life. Today is the birthday of that new Mother who has destroyed the curse brought by the first mother so that all those who, through the fault of the first, had been born under the yoke of eternal condemnation might instead, through her, inherit a blessing. She is indeed the new Mother, for she has brought new life to her children already hardening with age and has healed the defect of both inborn and acquired senility. Yes indeed. She is the new Mother who by an unheard of miracle has given birth in such a way that, becoming a mother, she has not ceased to be a Virgin and has given birth to the Child who created all things… link no longer active 2/1/17