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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2008

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation for us.

I didn’t know that St. Catherine Laboure who was shown the image on the left, known as the Miraculous Medal, was a Daughter of Charity. The same order as Sister Mary Peter and two other really great Sisters stationed in Anchorage.

The doctrine that is written on the Medal is the doctrine that we celebrate today. The Immaculate Conception is NOT when Mary conceived Jesus as popular culture always assumes. For instance when someone is pregnant and the father is unknown many times people will say “Maybe its another immaculate conception.” This is completely wrong. The Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary’s conception because she was protected from Original Sin.

  1. December 9, 2008 1:07 am

    The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation for us.

    Not everywhere, though. It’s not a holy day of obligation in Canada for instance!

  2. radicalcatholicmom permalink
    December 9, 2008 10:37 am

    Really? I didn’t know that.

  3. redneck catholic permalink
    December 14, 2008 12:50 pm

    Ummm–the image on the left isnt St. Catharine L.–It’s Our lady.

    Immaculate conception is a H.D.O. in the US because she is our national patron.

  4. December 14, 2008 1:12 pm


    Read what RCM wrote: St Catherine WAS SHOWN that image.

  5. Anonymous permalink
    December 20, 2008 9:13 pm

    Indeed, the doctrine safeguards Catholics from the inference sometimes drawn by some Protestants from the doctrine of the virginal conception of Our Lord, namely that sex is somehow inherently sinful and that’s why Jesus avoided it. Rather we can celebrate that Joachim and Anna, in conceiving Our Lady, enjoyed the sex that Adam and Eve (symbolically speaking) would have had in Eden, immaculate, holy, and full of unblemished pleasure.

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