Immaculate Mary and the Recovery of the Full Life

Today the great mystery which has been announced from eternity ... appears in the arms of Anne; Mary, the Maiden of God is prepared to be a dwelling of the King of Eternity who will renew our human nature.

Vespers for the Maternity of Anne

A sensitive appreciation for Jesus’ humanity cannot be complete without an understanding of the Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception, for it was through Mary that God entered into the bustling world of human existence. For many Christian theologians, Mary was the "second Eve," the impeccably pure woman who had given birth to the Messiah and thus erased the ancient stain of Original Sin from the human psyche. For others, however, Mary’s significance was much more this-worldly. Born by the grace of God from the womb of a barren mother, Mary is the mystical bridge between barrenness and abundance, between those who live without God and those who have discovered the fullness of life through Christ.
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