The Immaculate Conception Novena's 2017 are here !!!
In 1858 Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France. When Bernadette asked the beautiful lady who she is, Mary identified herself in these words: "I am the Immaculate Conception." This happened four short years after the solemn definition. For the centenary of that miraculous even, the Marian-minded Pope Pius XII pronounced 1958 the Lourdes Year.
Though belief in Mary's Immaculate Conception never wavered among the truly faithful, for centuries theologians were at a loss to explain adequately and with satisfactory doctrinal clarity this privilege accorded the Mother of Christ. Then in "the greatest of centuries" a humble and brilliant friar brought resolution to this knotty question: how was Mary, who was like all human beings in need of redemption, conceived without sin?
To the keen and penetrating mind of the thirteenth century Franciscan philosopher and theologian, Blessed John Duns Scotus, all Christendom owes respect and honor. For it was Duns Scotus who plodded carefully through the maze of theological reasonings to explain clearly Mary's Immaculate Conception. His study and consideration of the disputed questions regarding Mary's conception without sin dissipated the obstacles to a complete understanding of this privilege and laid a solid foundation for the definition of this dogma.
Marian Friars's 2017 Audio's form the Conference to Listen to !!!
Novena Day 1 29-11-17 Father Serafino
Wisdom and the Prefigurement of the Immaculate Conception. We reflect upon the mystery of Mary's Predestination according to some books in the Old Testament, especially in the Book of Wisdom " as the prefigure of Mary, predestined to be with Him from all eternity.
Novena Day 2 30-11-17 Father George
The Primacy of Christ as the basis of the Immaculate Conception. The theological basis of the Miraculous Medal. Father George expounds the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception when in the apparition of Lourdes in 1858 confirmed the Dogma of the Church 4 years earlier. We here about the argument of the Primacy of Christ.
Novena Day 3 01-12-17 General Meditation
As an Anglican John Henry Newman had a doctrinal piety which was nurtured by his study of the Church Fathers. From the 2nd c. St. Irenaeus he learned that Mary is the New Eve that untied the knot tied by Eve. Here Newman explains the doctrine of Mary’s Immaculate Conception.
Novena Day 4 02-12-17 Father Pio
"I delight greatly in the Lord; My soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels". (Isaiah 61:10) Ave Maria Full of Grace and the true meaning Kecharitomene
Novena Day 5 03-12-17 Friar Philomeno James
The beautiful fruit of Mary’s Our Queen’s Immaculate Conception was purity to such a summit, that She alone was, through the free gift bestowed by God to preserve Her most perfect being form any stain, able to declare Her “FIAT” at the foot of the Cross as Our Coredemptrix. At what point in Her terrestrial existence due to this incomprehensible Purity, was our Most Sweet Mother able to actively initiate Her unique role as Coredemptrix.
Novena Day 6 04-12-17 Friar John Gerard
Novena Day 7 05-12-17 Friar Rosario
We learn how to Contemplate the mystery of the Immaculate Conception through the inspirations given especially to the Franciscan Order through time and their Cord Bearers. We touch upon the influence of Blessed John Duns Scotus who was the first Franciscan to formulate precisely the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and the link of this mystery to the Apparitions in Guadalupe in the 16th Century.
Novena Day 8 06-12-17 Friar Raphael
The Primacy of Jesus Christ
Novena Day 7 07-12-17 Friar Rosario
Immaculate Conception as the Spouse of God