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The Immaculate Conception and the Faith of the Virgin Mary
"Nothing will be impossible for God"
As Catholics around the World gather to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, that Holy Day in the Church which maintains the Blessed Virgin Mary was kept free of original sin and filled with the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit from the very moment she was conceived, we are reminded once again of Mary's unyielding faith in God and his plan for her.
Upon revisiting that fateful encounter with Mary and the Angel Gabriel courtesy of Luke 1:26-38, we look in on a somewhat perplexed and understandably nervous Blessed Mother, a young woman trying to make sense of this rather unannounced visit for one of God's Heralds. When she asks the rather obvious question of Gabriel, how can she, who had no prior relations with a man, conceive such a child, she was reminded that with God all things are possible while simultaneously encountering a true "Pentecostal Moment" in which she was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a true reflection of that faith-filled, Holy Spirit-soaked moment, she went on to say "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word", essentially echoing the very same vow that Catholics proclaim every Sunday upon reciting The Our Father in unison as a Parish Community ("thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven").
God's limitless love is on display at this very moment. It is this love that insures that "nothing will be impossible with God". This is a type of love the magnitude of which is quite frankly hard to fathom. As human beings we live in a world in which love is imperfect, has limits and from time to time disappoints us, perhaps despite the best efforts and intentions of those involved. This is why we must seek to view our relationship with God and his unrelenting, unconditional love in a different light, yet another example of attempting to walk the tightrope of living in a finite world despite being made for eternity. This takes the kind of faith that Mary displayed upon her visit from the Angel Gabriel, but it also requires a steadfast yearning to get to know God better. With greater familiarity of God's love and plan for us, we can come to understand that God knows we are not immaculate and that he does not dwell on our failures and shortcomings, and that he knows our hopes, fears, aspirations and our desire to love and be loved.
The moment we eschew our own oftentimes misguided will and show the kind of faith that Mary did in God by allowing Him to shape and mold us according to his plan, we will have achieved true freedom of heart, mind and soul, much like the Blessed Virgin Mother, a true role model for all who aspire to live a life in pursuit of fulfilling God's wonderful plan for all of us.