The Most Consecrated Vessel
Forever pure, forever free from any stain of sin whatsoever. Mary was always deigned and formed by God as The Perfect Chalice for the Son of God.
"Finally, in a world and society which everyday believes less and less in The Real Presence of Our Lord, it is left to this very central and critical reality of our faith to place the final stamp of logic and common sense on the truth of The Immaculate Conception. If true teaching tells us that The Blessed Sacrament is in fact Christ Himself, and that same teaching tells us that only consecrated hands may touch that Blessed Sacrament ( contrary to New Order lies), does it not therefore make sense that if only consecrated hands may touch Christ in The Blessed Sacrament and thus bring Him to us who hunger and need Him so much at the altar, then only a consecrated womb could house Our Lord to bring Him to a world who hungered, needed, and continues to need Him so much for its salvation! How else could that womb be consecrated than through never having the stain of sin? It is thus clearly seen that The Real Presence both explains and justifies The Immaculate Conception! Likewise, it is tragically clear that disrespect and disbelief in The Real Presence as is seen today both explains and leads to disrespect and disbelief in The Immaculate Conception!"
On this 150th anniversary of the proclamation of dogma of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this most unique and sacred reality touches on three areas so besieged in this modernist, secular, and atheistic world. In Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX states that "the most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God and in view of the merits of Christ Jesus the Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin."
Not surprisingly, this perfectly logical and clear reality is doubted or wrestled with by a society which has lost the common tools by which its merit and truth can be measured.
Common Sense Dictates
Greater than many of the mysteries we encounter in our Faith is the mystery of how anyone who even remotely considers himself or herself anything approximating being a true Catholic could ever doubt or be otherwise mystified by the dogma of The Immaculate Conception! Common sense dictates that this dogma is both necessary and clearly reality to be accepted point blank and with no reservation! First of all, it makes perfect sense that if Our Lord was like all in all ways except sin, then the Most Holy Vessel through which He would come into this world would likewise need to be free of such sin, not just around the time of His birth, but from the very start. Had our Blessed Mother ever been stained by sin of any kind, then She would not have been the perfect and most ideal Vessel bringing Our Lord to this world. Just as one cannot lose one's virginity and then regain it, one cannot be stained by sin and regain the perfectly pure condition necessary to serve as the most Sacred Vessel bringing the Savior of the World, Himself free from sin, to this world!
Secondly, just as we received original sin from Adam and Eve, our first parents, so too Christ would have received such a stain from His Mother if She had been so stained, which, of course, is contrary to all on which both His purity and Hers are based. God Almighty is about consistency, perfect justice, and perfect order. Therefore, it is illogical to assume that One without sin would come from One with sin or any vestige or trace of sin.
We are taught by our faith that God Almighty always destined our birth and has a special purpose for each of us. This is yet another reason why the heinous crime of abortion is so destructive. It interrupts the God-given destiny and right of each innocent child murdered to fulfill that destiny and purpose. If we believe that each of us had a purpose and destiny from the point of conception, then it makes perfect sense that Our Blessed Mother likewise had such a purpose and destiny from Her conception. That being said, can any sane person argue that since Her purpose and destiny required a pure sinless state, then such a state would need to exist from the point at which that purpose and destiny began, which we have just argued was at conception. Since Mary's destiny and purpose required total purity and a sinless state, and since that destiny and purpose began for her, as it does for each of us, at conception, then logic once again dictates that Mary's conception had to be pure and sinless!
Scripture Clearly Implies and History Clearly States
Even though there are no direct statements concerning The Immaculate Conception in Scripture, we have the words of The Archangel Gabriel which state "Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is With You." At this one might ask how much grace is "enough" to be full "enough" to bring Our Lord and Savior to the world? Obviously, that grace would need to be complete because Our Lord is complete. It would need to be such that there would exist no deficiency of any kind or amount in its amount and value! Since any prior deficiency at any earlier time would itself be a form of deficiency or defect in grace, such a prior deficiency could not exist! Which student is better, the one with As now who had Bs last year, or the one with As now who has never had a B in his life? Obviously, it is better to have never been deficient than to have been deficient and improved. The latter is our mission as sorrowful sinners seeking forgiveness and redemption, but it cannot ever be the state of the Most Blessed Vessel which brought our Savior to the world! Likewise, when the angel stated, "The Lord is With You" we might ask if that was merely a recent visit just to "get things spruced up" or much more likely a complete and continual Presence worthy of that Most Sacred Vessel bringing the Savior of the world?
Would not, then, such a complete fullness of grace and continual Presence of The Lord be met and only met with a condition free of sin from the very moment of conception?
It is left to subsequent history to directly express what Scripture implied in the words of the angel, for at Her apparitions in Guadalupe Our Lady did tell Juan Diego, "I am the perfect and perpetual Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God" Likewise, Our Blessed Mother told St. Catherine Labouré to strike the Miraculous Medal with the words "Mary conceived free from sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee" Finally, did not Our Lady tell St. Bernadette at Lourdes "I am The Immaculate Conception."? So we see that not only is the dogma of The Immaculate Conception clearly implied in Scripture, but it is also clearly stated in apparition history, thus providing further evidence for those who have not allowed common sense to guide them!
The Real Presence Clearly Demands
Finally, in a world and society which everyday believes less and less in The Real Presence of Our Lord, it is left to this very central and critical reality of our faith to place the final stamp of logic and common sense on the truth of The Immaculate Conception. If true teaching tells us that The Blessed Sacrament is in fact Christ Himself, and that same teaching tells us that only consecrated hands may touch that Blessed Sacrament ( contrary to New Order lies), does it not therefore make sense that if only consecrated hands may touch Christ in The Blessed Sacrament and thus bring Him to us who hunger and need Him so much at the altar, then only a consecrated womb could house Our Lord to bring Him to a world who hungered, needed, and continues to need Him so much for its salvation! How else could that womb be consecrated than through never having the stain of sin? It is thus clearly seen that The Real Presence both explains and justifies The Immaculate Conception! Likewise, it is tragically clear that disrespect and disbelief in The Real Presence as is seen today both explains and leads to disrespect and disbelief in The Immaculate Conception!
The Protestants have likewise provided a clear, albeit inadvertent, link between The Real Presence and The Immaculate Conception in that just as they refute the veneration of The Most Sacred Host, they likewise refute the veneration of Mary. Again, logic dictates that if two concepts are refuted for similar reasons by the same confused souls, there is very likely a link between them!
It is no accident that March 25th celebrates the day when The Angel Gabriel announced to The Virgin Mary that She had been chosen to be that Most Sacred and Holy Vessel bringing The Savior to the world and December 25th celebrates the day when that Savior was born for, in effect, that Savior came to this earth when He was announced by the angel. This has many implications, not the least of which is the notion that the children of God do not come into being when they are born, but when they are conceived or "announced" into this world. The ramifications for those who would murder in the womb are obvious. It is likewise no accident that we celebrate The Immaculate Conception on December 8th and the birth of Mary on September 8th for clearly Our Blessed Mother was born as she was conceived, free of sin! Once again, we have the same theme for those who would doubt that life begins at conception and not birth.
Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother had two entrances. The first was Their conception, by which They came into this world in the Eyes of God. The second was Their births, by which They came into this world in the eyes of man. It is illogical to presume that either Our Savior or His Blessed Mother would enter either entrance under the stain of sin. Therefore, it is quite logical to see that both were conceived free of that stain. In the final analysis, The Immaculate Conception reflects The Real Presence and must therefore maintain a focal point in our minds, hearts, and souls!!
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.