Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the Patron Saint of the United States of America. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception states that the Blessed Virgin Mary not only never committed any sins, but also was preserved even from original sin right from the moment she was conceived in the womb of her mother, St. Ann, the grandmother of Jesus.
The way I understand it is to think about how God is out of time and granted Mary the gift of Baptism out of time, so as to preserve her free from sin right from the get go. The church also teaches that Mary is the true Mother of God (Theotokos), which I always assumed means that the Holy Spirit fertilized her best egg. A woman’s eggs are formed before she is born herself. She doesn’t grow new ones ever; her body just ripens one each month. Add that to the fact that the Divine Jesus had to grow inside her womb and it makes perfect sense to me that she had to be perfectly holy or, as the angel said, “Full of grace.”
I dunno if that’s even a tiny bit theologically sound, but for me it helps make sense of the Immaculate Conception in light of Romans 3:23-24 – “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the patronal feast of the United States of America, let’s remember to ask Mary to pray for us and for our struggling nation for whom she has a special care.
ABORTION: SCOTUS is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, which I assume means also ditching the companion Doe. “People are realizing that seven months from now, we’ll probably be dealing with this on a state level. This will become much more prominent in state electoral races, especially governor’s races.” – Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote
CANADA: The Canadian province of New Brunswick now allows grocery stores to bar the unvaccinated as part of their so-called COVID “winter plan.” There’s no science or sense behind this draconian measure. Even during the pre-vaxxx pandemic lockdowns, everyone was allowed to go to grocery stores!
COVID-19: Two studies show that melatonin lowers the incidence of severe symptoms. Front Line physicians recommend 6 mg before bed prior to infection boosted to 10 mg if you catch the bug. Ours arrived today.
EFFING BEE: I had a “fact” check slapped on my FB post of the LifeSite article about the Pfizer docs, along with the usual warning about dire consequences for those who persist in publishing false information and no way to dispute or remove the stupid “fact” check. Golly, Miss Molly! Whatever would we do without the “International Fact-Checking Network” keeping us all soooo well informed?
LATINX: “When Latino politicos use the term it is largely to appease white rich progressives. To be clear my office is not allowed to use ‘Latinx’ in official communications.” – Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-AZ.
I want to pronounce it “lat eenx”, but apparently it’s supposed to be pronounced “latin ex.“
LOUDOUN COUNTY: The school district that covered up one sexual assault while facilitating another by the same kid is now demanding $36,000 to respond to a FOIA request for “all communications, including press releases, statements, emails, or other correspondence in any format” in the possession of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) containing the words “sexual assault” or “rape” from May 1 to Oct. 18, 2021.
NEW YUCK CITY: DeBlasio says that, as of December 27, all private sector employees, including employees of private religious schools, will be required to get vaxxxed. “We’re gonna have some other measures as well, to really focus on maximizing vaccination quickly, so we can get ahead of Omicron and all the other challenges we’re facing right now with COVID.” Not sure where he gets the authority to impose such an invasive rule on anybody and I hope he gets his pants sued off.
SCOTUS: On Dec 1, when the Biden team proposed that Roe v. Wade is somehow sacrosanct, Justice Alito asked, “Is it your argument that a case can never be overruled simply because it was egregiously wrong?”
The Biden lawyer responded that the Court could only reverse a long-standing precedent if a state “[came] forward with some kind of materially changed circumstance or some kind of materially new argument.”
Alito quered, “Really? So, suppose Plessy v. Ferguson was re-argued in 1897, so nothing had changed. Would it not be sufficient to say that was an egregiously wrong decision on the day it was handed down and now it should be overruled?”
Biden’s lawyer agreed that Plessy v. Ferguson had been egregiously wrong from the get go and should have been overruled as soon as possible.
Plessy v. Ferguson was the racist 1896 “separate but equal” case that was reversed in 1954 by Brown v. Board of Education.
TOLERANCE: Another woman posted a fiery condemnation of the unvaxxxed on her now-deleted Facebook page in which she shrieked that all of the unvaxxed should be taken out back and shot. She claims to be a teacher who sits on the NEA Board of Directors.
GRAMMY NOTES: The Buzzers are on schedule. Fortunately, they had a little time to spare, since they needed a snow day in Montana. Mama says the scenery has been incredibly beautiful. While we were chatting last night, one of the kids piped up from the back seat, “I want to stand on my feet.” Mama replied, “We all do, sweetie. We’re 30 minutes from the hotel, then we can find a playground.“
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”