Seeing a parent age and succumb to dementia can be a very difficult, painful, process. Today on “Catholic to the Core,” I’ve opened up the door to my heart and life a bit to share with you my grappling with my own mother’s dementia.
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.