Vatican City, Dec 8, 2019 / 04:49 am
With Our Lady's Immaculate Conception, God was, even before Mary's birth, putting into motion his plan of salvation for the world, Pope Francis said Sunday.
"Today we consider the beginning of this fulfillment" of God's promise, he said Dec. 8, during his weekly Angelus address, even "before the birth of the Mother of the Lord."
"In fact, her immaculate conception leads us to that precise moment when Mary's life began to palpitate in her mother's womb," he continued. "Already there was the sanctifying love of God, preserving her from the contagion of evil that is a common heritage of the human family."
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, celebrated by the Church on Dec. 8, marks the moment when the Virgin Mary was conceived inside St. Anne's womb, with a soul preserved by God from original sin.