Dec 08 – Homily – Fr Angelo: The Positive Meaning of the Immaculate Conception
The dogma of the Immaculate Conception is phrased negatively--that Mary never was touched by sin--but it has a very positive meaning as expressed in Her God-given name of "Full of Grace". Historically, the greatest defender of this dogma was the Franciscan Order, and it was Bl. John Duns Scotus that provided the theological understanding that was later proclaimed as dogma. Saint Maximilian Kolbe saw this dogma as a 'blueprint' of the Church, and that getting the dogma proclaimed was only as the first half of the Franciscan Order's calling. Now that the dogma was proclaimed, it was time to incorporate it into the life of the Church by the spirituality of Total Consecration to the Immaculate. Let us make the act, let us live the life, let us allow Her to use us as instruments for the salvation and sanctification of souls.
Mass: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity
1st: gen 3:9-15, 20
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
2nd: eph 1:3-6, 11-12
Gsp: luk 1:26-38