Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Immaculate Conception (December 8)
In honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
"The hope of new life began the very same moment that Our Lady was conceived in the fullness of grace without the slightest disfigurement of original sin."
- from Conversation with God, by Francis Fernandez
"Our Lady is rest for those who work, consolation for those who mourn, and relief for those who are sick. She is a refuge for those caught in the storms of life, a fountain of compassion for sinners, a sweet relief for the sorrowful and a sure source of aid for those who pray."
- St. John Damascene, from "Homily on Our Lady's Dormition"
(page 345 Conversations with God, Vol 7)
Mary, conceived without sin, Pray for us who have recourse to thee.