Repost from last year.
“God Ineffable — whose ways are mercy and truth, whose will is omnipotence itself, and whose wisdom “reaches from end to end mightily, and orders all things sweetly” — having foreseen from all eternity the lamentable wretchedness of the entire human race which would result from the sin of Adam, decreed, by a plan hidden from the centuries, to complete the first work of his goodness by a mystery yet more wondrously sublime through the Incarnation of the Word.” -Apostolic Constitution issued by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854 Ineffabilis Deus
The Blessed Virgin Mary “in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin.” Here are seven beautiful paintings inspired by The Immaculate Conception. There are many more. Even before I converted and before I understood something of what it meant, I was mystified by the beauty of the Blessed Virgin Mary in artwork.
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