The Immaculate Conception: Friday, July 17, 2015

J.M.J. Have you ever read the precise definition that Blessed Pius IX (1846-1878) used in his Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus when he defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 1854 in Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City?

What a meditation in itself!

"We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful." 

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