Daily Reflection — These Great Blessings

“Immaculate Conception” (detail) by Murillo


Today we recall the Immaculate Conception of Mary in her mother’s womb and ponder the grace that has become available to us all. From the first moment of her existence, God filled the Blessed Virgin Mary with His grace so as to prepare her for the life as our Savior’s mother.

The gift of grace from God is an act of love on His part, a calling of each of us to Himself. When we respond to Love with love and surrender, great and miraculous things result. Because of Mary’s faithful response to grace, God entered history, became man and redeemed us. In similar ways, our response to grace can lead to the salvation of others. What a great blessing grace is. And what a great responsibility it carries.


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