Conception is the title by which we recognize that the Blessed Virgin Mary by a
special grace of God was exempt of original sin. She announced herself with this
title to Bernadette Soubiruous in the Apparitions of Lourdes in 1858.
The authenticity of
these apparitions has been verified by the authority of the Church in view of
the great number of miracles that have taken place in the Sanctuary of
Immaculate Conception was solemnly defined and proclaimed by Pope Pius IX on
the 8th of December 1854/
It is very dignifying
for Mary to be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God. She is the new Eve, created
without a stain of sin to be the Mother of Jesus and of all the children of God.
all have inherited the original sin from Eve, the mother of all the children of
Adam. Since Jesus is the new Adam, her mother was created with this unique
privilege of being free from original sin.
Lord Jesus Christ consecrated us as children of Mary in the person of John the
beloved apostle when he was in agony on the cross. To
John He said, there is your mother, to Mary He said as He gave her all the
children of God: here is your son.
The children of Mary
are the children of God in His Divine Grace, all saved by Jesus, who accept Mary
as their mother.