Eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

“Saints such as Maximilian Kolbe have pondered the intimate relationship between the Divine Mercy and the Immaculate Conception and concluded that the relationship is so mysterious that its brightness overwhelms the intellect. These two mysteries are so intimately connected that it will take a whole host of saintly theologians, mystics and scholars to unveil the wonder. Just as the mystery of the Trinity is that which sheds light on all things, so the mystery of the Immaculate Conception is that which sheds light on the mystery of both creation and redemption.” – Father Donald Calloway, MIC

As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in this Advent season, let us focus on the miracle God has set before us. Fr. Calloway goes on to explain that God planned to spiritually renew and elevate all creation according to the pattern of the Immaculate Conception; thus, the Immaculate Conception is not an after-thought but, rather, the instrument through which God sees the world. It is as though the Immaculate Conception were a set of bifocals given to us by Divine Mercy so that we can come to see both creation and salvation as God sees them.

The second week of advent focuses on peace. The peace that the birth of Christ brings over our circumstances, our desires, and our futures. As we continue through this Advent season may the peace of Christ be with you and your family.

Pax et Bonum,

Sue Styren