Thursday, December 8, 2011
LIKE THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, ARE WE IMMACULATELY CONCEIVED TOO?
We believe as Roman Catholics in the dogma of the Immaculate Conception defined as dogma only in 1854. This dogma states that at the moment of the Blessed Virgin Mary's conception through the normal marital act (sexual intercourse) of her mother, St. Anne's and Blessed Mary's father, St. Joachim, God applied the eternal and supernatural grace of the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity to our Blessed Mother and preserved her in a singular way from the taint of Adam and Eve's Original sin which everyone else inherits. In other words, the Blessed Virgin Mary was full of grace from the moment of her conception.
The Church teaches that when we are baptized, we are born again with all our sins cleansed, either Original Sin or actual sin.
But can't we also say that at our baptism we are "immaculately conceived" and given all the grace we need to be made perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect? Obviously the great majority of us will sin again after Holy Baptism thus the gift of an additional way God will forgive us through the Sacrament of Penance. But nonetheless, the process by which we will be made perfect by God either now or at our judgment or in purgatory starts with our "immaculate conception" in Holy Baptism.
Is this correct or incorrect?