Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. Meaning, you must attend a Mass today. So, what are you doing reading this blog? Look for a Mass to attend today, now!
If you have returned after you looked up a Mass time....
Today, represents one of the many church teachings that for 30 years I had no idea of the true meaning of. I thought Immaculate Conception referred to Mary's perpetual virginity. Immaculate Conception refers to the fact that from the first moment of her conception, Mary was exempt from the stain of Original Sin.
Prior, to a few years ago, I had a history of never going to Mass on this day. I did not know I had to.
The Immaculate Conception is one of only TWO instances of a Pope teaching infallibly. For a long time, I thought everything the Pope said was supposedly infallible. Not so. But, today, represents one of those times. On December 8, 1954, Pope Pius IX spoke ex cathedra and defined the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. All Roman Catholics must believe and accept this teaching. No negotiations, no exceptions.
What's the other instance of a Pope teaching infallibly?
Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 on the the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.