Like a good Muslim and a good Christian, well not Episcopalian, I accept the Immaculate Conception of Mary― the idea that Mary was conceived without sin, by God, in her mother, Anna. Yes, Mary was conceived by God and assumed into Heaven without dying, years after the crucifixion of Jesus.
Do they talk about this in churches today? No? When did that go out of style? In the middle ages they worshipped Mary as, Holy Mary Mother of God, but they related more to the crucifixion and deliverance from sin and eternal damnation.
At any rate, why do I believe this? Recently it has come to my attention that other people, besides me, believe this. In my small world it is not something that is ever discussed. But look at what it does for women― acknowledging that a woman was the Mother of God― it doesn’t get better than that.
For me, using, “Holy Mary Mother of God,” as a mantra brought me solace at one of the most difficult times of my life. It brought me real protection. Like when I was driving 45 minutes to the barn at 3:30am to feed the horses before I went to my job at 5am. It was dark. The speed limit was 50 mph. I came around a bend in the road and hit a fallen tree branch. The car kept going, but I could see leaves in the headlights traveling with me. What did that mean?
When I was able to pull over safely, about a mile down the road, a ten foot branch was protruding from the front of my car. At three inches in diameter, it took both hands to pull it out of my car. Surely the front must be damaged.
. . . . No. The branch had entered a four inch opening under the bumper designed by the manufacturer for tow chains! When it was light, not a bit of damage. I stopped questioning the protective power of Mary.
Immaculate conception? Like Jupiter and Io? How would that work? In Sunday school they tell us God can work miracles, but how? That’s what Mary said, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” Luke 1:34
The explanation is, “….the power of the Most High will overshadow you;.” Luke 1:35 Could it be that God, if she agrees, can send his Holy Spirit to her and fill her with enough of His love that an egg becomes a zygote, and the DNA is shifted to a higher vibration?