In 1854, Pope Pius IX declared it a dogma of faith in his bull, _Ineffabilis Deus_, that, “by the singular grace of God and merit of being the mother of Jesus Christ our saviour, the blessed virgin Mary was from the very moment of her conception, preserved from original sin”.
From the significance of this Solemnity, I will like us to reflect on becoming human.
Mariology begins on page 1 of Genesis, when God created humans in his image as male and female. Reflecting from the first reading (Gen.3), it could be deduced that the fall of man began as a result of human quest to become like God. And as a consequence of this quest, man blamed God saying” it is the woman YOU gave me to be with me that caused it”. By implication, God is blamed for providing a helper. Coming to the woman, she blamed satan saying “the satan beguiled me and I ate”. Thus the origin of human weaknesses upon which we find it difficult to accept our faults. (more…)