Mary Never Sinned

Mary Never Sinned

Can you imagine, a human being who never sinned?

Well, to be Catholic you need to.  First, you should understand, no children under the age of reason, as the Church teaches, are guilty of sin.

However, there were only two adults who NEVER committed a sin:  Jesus Christ and His mother Mary.

Mary never committed a sin, neither venial nor mortal.

One of the most misunderstood Catholic dogmas is that of the Immaculate Conception.

The essence of the Catholic teaching on the Immaculate Conception starts from this basic point: thanks to a special grace from God, Mary never sinned, ever, during her life.

The greatest doctor of the Church couldn’t have been more clear. “Since Mary would not have been a worthy mother of God if she had ever sinned, we assert without qualification that Mary never committed a sinful act, neither venial nor mortal.” (Summa Theologica  III:27,2)

The fathers of the Church confirm it.

“Mary, a virgin not only undefiled but a virgin whom grace has made inviolate, free from every stain.” – St. Ambrose of Milan, 340AD

Every personal sin must be excluded from the Blessed Virgin Mary for the sake of the honor of God.” – St. Augustine, 390AD

“You, and your Mother are alone in this. You are wholly beautiful in every respect. There is in you, Lord, no stain, nor any spot in your Mother.” – St. Ephraem, 350AD

The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God “the All-Holy” (Panagia), and celebrate her as “free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature”.

Mary never suffered from sin from the moment of her birth.

The Church not only teaches Mary never sinned in thought, word or deed, she teaches Mary never even suffered from “original sin”, that hole in our souls where the life of God, was originally intended to be.

The Immaculate Conception is a doctrine of the Catholic Church in regards to Mary, Jesus’ mother. The official statement of the doctrine reads, “The blessed Virgin Mary to have been, from the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, in view of the merits of Christ Jesus the Savior of Mankind, preserved free from all stain of original sin” (Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, December 1854).

By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.

Think of this, and remember it often:  Mary was born without sin and lived her whole life long sinless.

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