What is the most important event in Mary's life that prepared her for a role as Theo-tokos? It’s her Immaculate Conception, yes, and that is being conceived without original sin. When Mary’s father, Saint Joaquim, and her mother, Saint Anne, produced her body by procreation, God directly created and infused Mary’s soul into the body at the precise moment of her conception in St. Anne’s womb, free from original sin.
Mary is pictured in Luke 1,26-38 as someone who hears, reflects on, questions, and once clarified, gives consent to the Word of God; as someone who accepts in faith God’s Word or God’s plan of salvation and is ready to cooperate with it.
Pope Francis entrusted the world to Mother Mary with a prayer before the column of Immaculate Conception at Rome’s Piazza di Spagna on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, on December 8. The pope prayed for peace in the world, especially for peace in “martyred” Ukraine.
Reflection Date: August 15
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was privileged to be the first human being to enter into the promised glory with Jesus. Mary is crowned the queen of heaven and earth, a shining star of true liberation.
Reflect, today, upon Mother Mary standing by you in every moment of your life. See her there in your joys and in your sorrows, during your moments of temptation and struggles, in your moments of confusion and clarity.