Most Blessed Virgin Mary: Summary: The Dogma Of The Immaculate Conception

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The dogma of the Immaculate Conception was promulgated by Pope Pius IX. In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus of December 8, 1854, he stated that the “Most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin.” It would be through this special grace and sanctity of life that she would be able to stand out victorious over the ancient serpent, the enemy of the human race. Freed from the ancient curse upon human race she would bring forth the Son of God who will free his people from sin and rule over the house of David forever. Given all we know of the Blessed Virgin Mary we can say therefore that it was not flesh and blood that revealed her status to Elizabeth when she pronounced her “Blessed among women”. It was through the promptings of the Holy Spirit that she pronounced that on her. No human on earth merited such grace. She was honored by God. It is our obligation therefore to also honor the one whom God himself honored. No wonder she herself had said that He that is mighty had done great things for her. God singled her out and granted her the grace of sanctification to be a dwelling place for His Son. Archbishop Fulton Sheen says of her immaculate conception, She was redeemed in advance, by way of prevention, in both body and soul, in the

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