On January 1, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – a holy day that is easily forgotten amid the hoopla over the New Year. Here’s why Mary’s solemnity is so important and a few ideas for how to celebrate it. My latest at National Catholic Register:
Some folks mistakenly think that this feast refers to our Lord - that he was immaculately conceived, without stain of sin. Well, that's true, but that's what the Annunciation is all about, not the Immaculate Conception. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was conceived without original sin.