The Marian Minute – Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Pope Benedict XVI teaches us the relevance of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception and encourages us to receive comfort from and follow the example of Mary.  Dare with God!  In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed the following words:

This is something we should indeed learn on the day of the Immaculate Conception:  the person who abandons himself totally in God’s hands does not become God’s puppet, a boring “yes man”; he does not lose his freedom. Only the person who entrusts himself totally to God finds true freedom, the great, creative immensity of the freedom of good.

The person who turns to God does not become smaller but greater, for through God and with God he becomes great, he becomes divine, he becomes truly himself. The person who puts himself in God’s hands does not distance himself from others, withdrawing into his private salvation; on the contrary, it is only then that his heart truly awakens and he becomes a sensitive, hence, benevolent and open person.

The closer a person is to God, the closer he is to people. We see this in Mary. The fact that she is totally with God is the reason why she is so close to human beings. …

Mary thus stands before us as a sign of comfort, encouragement and hope. She turns to us, saying:  “Have the courage to dare with God! Try it! Do not be afraid of him! Have the courage to risk with faith! Have the courage to risk with goodness! Have the courage to risk with a pure heart! Commit yourselves to God, then you will see that it is precisely by doing so that your life will become broad and light, not boring but filled with infinite surprises, for God’s infinite goodness is never depleted!”

Click here to read the full homily of Homily of Pope Benedict XVI from the Solemnity Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2005.