Fr Stefan Reflects on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

St Therese the Little Flower said, “most homilies about Mary leave me feeling cold…Mary is more a mother than a queen.”  She would  ask,”where is the simple woman of faith?”  

So often we present Mary as so special that we lose her closeness with us. We feel we are honoring her by adding more and more titles to her litany. This approach to Mary is why St Therese would say, “most homilies about Mary leave me feeling cold.”

St Therese saw in Mary a woman of faith. Elizabeth said to Mary, “blessed are you who believed what the Angel said to you would come to pass.”  One of the reason that Our Lady of Guadalupe is so loved is that she appears so close and personal to her children.

St Therese asks this question, “what mother wants to be distanced from her children? A mother is not honored by emphasizing her titles and honors. A mother is honored when she fade into the back ground and her children are honored.”

The Father in Heaven, “preserved her from every stain, which you foresaw, so, too, may be cleansed and admitted to your presences.”

Mary was conceived without original sin and preserved from every stain so that, she could wrap her children in a mantle of grace and healing.

Mary is as St Therese said, “more a mother than a queen.”

Pope Francis is his letter, ‘The Gospel of Joy’ says, “Mary bring together her children who with great effort come as pilgrims to see her and been seen by her. Here they find strength from God to bear the weariness and the suffering in their lives. As she did with Juan Diego, Mary offers them maternal comfort and love and whispers in their ear: ‘Let you heart not be troubled….Am I not here, who am your mother?'”

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