Let’s be honest: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception makes me uncomfortable. I struggle understanding why Mary being conceived without sin is vital. Perhaps it’s because I am a married woman.
Maybe I struggle because I am a very imperfect mother. Or because I know my own sins.
Yet, off I will go to Mass today to celebrate Mary and further my understanding.
BTW, I will listen to Saint of the Day and read Ask A Franciscan for further clarification about this doctrine. Chapter two, The Immaculate Conception, How God Conceives of His Own Goodness, in Fr. Cameron’s new book Mysteries of the Virgin Mary offers a solid explanation.
What do you do when you struggle with Church doctrine? Do you seek understanding, too?