The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

A marvellous exposition of the Immaculate Conception as seen from East and West.

All Along the Watchtower


One of the commonest errors into which we can fall is the notion that belief in a doctrine marks the point at which men first began to believe in it; on the contrary, the Church has tended, and wisely, to make dogmatic and doctrinal declarations only when there are some Christians who would challenge them. Pius IX declared it a dogma of the Church in 1854, worried, as he was, by the rising tide of modernism, atheism, socialism (and almost every other ‘ism’ to which the nineteenth century gave birth), he wished to make it clear that this ancient belief was a core part of the teaching of the Church and should, therefore, be binding on all believers. But he was hardly saying something new. As far back as we can go in the history of the Christian Faith, Our Lady has been called ‘blessed’ and there was a feast…

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5 Responses to The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

  1. chalcedon451 says:

    Thank you for this. C


  2. Roger says:

    1822 The Miraculous Medal St Laboure “Oh Mary Concieved Without Sin Pray For Us Who Have recourse to Thee! ” That Apocalyptic image. Then in 1846 La Salette. The attack on Christendom and imprisoning of the papacy in the City State called the Vatican! Then in 1855 Lourdes and here pray and penance fought back against massonic secularism forcing Napoleon to open the Grotto.
    Prayer and Penance and the belief in Genesis (since the Immaculate Conception is because of Original Sin) . The consequence of Sin, sickness and hatred and the self centered Men called Enlightened.
    Today more than every the Immaculate crushes the Head of Intellect and human Intelligence since Our Lady is meek and humble of heart! As we are now living the consequences of disobedience to the Immaculate (Fatima).


  3. johnhenrycn says:

    Exactly 10 years ago today, before I was Catholic, at the lowest point in my life, I walked into St Mary’s in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, and prayed, as a Protestant, for the intercession of Holy Mary. This day is very special to me.


  4. GC says:

    Lovely, JH. Yes, prayer to her gives one serenity.


  5. Dilly says:

    JH – That is wonderful


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