The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation for us.

I didn’t know that St. Catherine Laboure who was shown the image on the left, known as the Miraculous Medal, was a Daughter of Charity. The same order as Sister Mary Peter and two other really great Sisters stationed in Anchorage.

The doctrine that is written on the Medal is the doctrine that we celebrate today. The Immaculate Conception is NOT when Mary conceived Jesus as popular culture always assumes. For instance when someone is pregnant and the father is unknown many times people will say “Maybe its another immaculate conception.” This is completely wrong. The Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary’s conception because she was protected from Original Sin.

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  • Michael J. Iafrate

    The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation for us.

    Not everywhere, though. It’s not a holy day of obligation in Canada for instance!

  • radicalcatholicmom

    Really? I didn’t know that.

  • redneck catholic

    Ummm–the image on the left isnt St. Catharine L.–It’s Our lady.

    Immaculate conception is a H.D.O. in the US because she is our national patron.

  • Henry Karlson


    Read what RCM wrote: St Catherine WAS SHOWN that image.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed, the doctrine safeguards Catholics from the inference sometimes drawn by some Protestants from the doctrine of the virginal conception of Our Lord, namely that sex is somehow inherently sinful and that’s why Jesus avoided it. Rather we can celebrate that Joachim and Anna, in conceiving Our Lady, enjoyed the sex that Adam and Eve (symbolically speaking) would have had in Eden, immaculate, holy, and full of unblemished pleasure.