The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

God elected to bring salvation
through a person,
a humble woman of no status,
a marginalized outsider.
In the vernacular of our day,
she was a nobody…
invisible to all but God.
Mary recognized the voice of God.
She listened, pondered
and followed the Voice
no matter the difficulties
she encountered.
We are called to
listen for, recognize
and be receptive to
the same movement of the Spirit.
Mary is a model of surrender.

“Surrender” is a positive word
in the language of spirituality.
It allows us to receive the gift of new life
in God’s saving action.

God wants to impregnate us with love.
All we need to do is surrender and say, with Mary,
“Thy will be done.”

Poverty is letting go.
Not to let go,
and to surrender to the will of God,
is to know misery and despair.

It is not important what we do;
what is important is what we drop.
We need to drop
the barriers and boundaries
that separate us from ourselves and from others.

Mary feeds the immortality of my soul.

In one basic way, we should all strive
to imitate Mary, because Mary
did what we all must do:
bear Christ in the world.


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