On December 8, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception—a doctrine that was solemnly defined by Blessed Pius IX on December 8, 1854—a "day forever memorable in the Church's annals." The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was the result of a long, historical process involving the faithful people's sense of what is from God (sensus fidelium), the work of theologians, and the responsibility of the popes for overseeing, moderating, and defining beliefs.
During the nine coming days we invite our readers to join us in a novena preparing for this feast day. We will highlight doctrinal, liturgical, historical, and scriptural roots which led to the definition of the dogma.
Author: Sister Danielle Peters
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