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Pope contrasts Adam’s ‘no,’ Virgin Mary’s ‘yes’

December 09, 2016

In his Angelus address for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis contrasted the “no” of our first parents with the Virgin’s “yes.”

Christ “made himself the same as us in everything, except one thing, that ‘no,’ except sin,” Pope Francis said to those present on December 8 in St. Peter’s Square. “Therefore, he chose Mary, the only creature without sin, immaculate.”

“With just one word in the Gospel, she is said to be ‘full of grace’ (Luke 1:28), namely, brimming with grace,” he continued. “It means that in her, immediately full of grace, there was no room for sin.”

Stating that “we are experts in half-yeses,” the Pope added, “In this Advent journey, God wishes to visit us, and he waits for our yes. Let us think: I, today, what yes must I say to God?”

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 09, 2016 8:37 PM ET USA

    "With just one word in the Gospel, she is said to be 'full of grace' (Luke 1:28), namely, brimming with grace," he continued. "It means that in her, immediately full of grace, there was no room for sin." Call me dense or confused, but how is the immaculate conception compatible with "just one word [her yes]...immediately full of grace"? She was actually full of grace in the mind of God before creation began, certainly by the time the moment of conception occurred. What am I missing here?