Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8th is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States and the Sisters of Christian Charity , whose subtitle is Daughters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

Each year the SCCs observe a preparatory triduum of retreat and reflection on the weekend preceding the feast day. As an associate (and even before), I tried to spiritually join the Sisters in observing these days in spiritual preparation for the feast. This year, as I have tried to prepare spiritually, one theme keeps returning to me:

"What is the meaning of the Immaculate Conception for us today in our world?"

I thought about how in general this feast is considered on the factual and abstract level, but this year my prayer keeps returning me to the practical and relational. God deigned to have Mary conceived without original sin not only because she would bear and give birth to Jesus but also for us. There are lessons for us in Mary's Immaculate Conception and I realize that I have only begun to scratch the surface of what the lessons are for us, for me.

So, as I continue to contemplate the meaning of the Immaculate Conception today, I invite you, too, to consider:

"What is the meaning of the Immaculate Conception for you today?"


At 7:37 PM , Blogger Jonathan St.Andre, T.O.R. said...

I reflected a little bit on your question. For me, the Immaculate Conception reveals the amazing truth that God's grace can break into our mortal human lives and somehow change the world! Mary not only changed our lives but she began a re-creation of all that is living (check out St.Anselm in today's Office of Readings).

I love the passage in the Gospel today where it says, "Nothing is impossible with God!" Have we really taken time to consider how wondrous a statement that is!

Sorry to ramble on a bit. You've got my spiritual juices flowing. May we imitate Mary in simply being open to God's grace doing within us what might seem impossible!

At 7:39 PM , Blogger AveMaria1 said...

Lisa ~ Arey ou an associate or in formation? Just wondering..

At 10:33 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Thank you both for posting.

Jonathan, thank you for sharing.

Lauren, I am presently an associate celebrating my tenth anniversary. However, I have been connected to the Sisters of Christian Charity for over thirty years -- since Kindergarten :) (honestly). My vocation story is too long to post here. Perhaps I will get to share excerpts.

At 11:39 PM , Blogger Steph said...

As a new member of Monastery Immaculate Conception .... I am only just beginning to get into all that this feast signifies, particularly for our specific community. It was wierd not being on "The Hill" for the big feast, but I guess that's what comes with the territory of mission life. Not like the bishop ended up being able to make it for Mass anyway .... something about snow?!?!?


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