Today is the feastday of my “province” within the Franciscan Order, we’re the Province of the Immaculate Conception in the Americas! For the entire Order it is an important day as we celebrate an aspect of Mary that was highly promoted by the early scholars of the the Franciscan Order. Today, the dogma of the Immaculate Conception (her conception in St. Anne’s womb) speaks to us of the power of Christ’s redemption through all time and space. Through the effects of the sacrifice of her son, Mary is preserved from the effects of original sin and is made the holy tabernacle of the most high.
Mary stands by us in our daily lives, inspiring us to the glory which is the destiny of the human. Mary first disciple of Christ, Mother of the Church, stand by us and pray for us.